available from 2017

A Century of Chairs: touring exhibition

Few objects tell the history of modern design more eloquently than the chair. Aesthetic trends, the emergence of new materials and production technologies, ergonomics, social, cultural and behavioural changes are all reflected in its design over the decades.

What’s in the Exhibition?

75 chairs from the Design Museum’s collection reveal how the chair has influenced modern life by exploring its development from Thonet’s invention of mass-manufactured bentwood chairs in the late 1800s to the plastic experiments of Joe Colombo and Verner Panton during the 1960s and contemporary innovations by prominent designers.

Available to tour from 2017 onwards

A Century of Chairs at The Civic, Barnsley images © The Civic

A Century of Chairs at The Civic, Barnsley images © The Civic

A Century of Chairs at The Civic, Barnsley images © The Civic

A Century of Chairs at The Civic, Barnsley images © The Civic

A Century of Chairs at The Civic, Barnsley images © The Civic

A Century of Chairs at The Civic, Barnsley images © The Civic

Get in touch

For more information on this touring exhibition, contact the Touring team on +44 (0)203 862 5884