Published at Friday, March 30th, 2018 - 19:40:56 PM. Balloon Chair. By Ernest Barnier.
The 1890s led to another major change in both style and design. The quality of timber available for furniture manufacture was by no means good compared to the timber used half a century earlier, but we were smarter now and knew how to make things stronger, quicker and even less expensive than before. However, this was done at the expense of hand carving, crisp, tight turnings and to the cherished designs of the past. Unfortunately this is progress; otherwise we would still be in the dark ages with clubs and caves. The style of the period was square, with turnings, machine-carved decoration, and pressings, and designed for mass-production, losing much of the character and finesse for which the earlier cedar chairs were renowned.
Armless upholstered chairs have been in existence for quite some time. Indeed, the practice of padding or upholstering chairs dates back to the 16th century when they were used by the wealthy as a symbol of their affluence and luxury. Armless upholstered chairs also followed this development closely and have been in use since then. Armless upholstered chairs present several advantages or benefits that give them favorable consideration.
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