Published at Monday, April 02nd, 2018 - 04:05:42 AM. Balloon Chair. By Flore Girault.
Australian chairs followed the designs of their European counterparts very closely, the major distinguishing factor being that our local cedar timber was not as hard or as tight grained as the mahogany used in England, and was prone to breaking through the short grain of the back legs or in the shallow turnings and tenons. Bearing these problems in mind, cedar chairs will often have larger proportions to allow for the lesser structural properties, and most examples show considerable wear to the legs, especially the front pair. Fine quality examples of Australian cedar chairs are made of select cuts of cedar utilising the closest and straightest grained timbers for strength and also for their similarity to mahogany. There was quite a prestige associated with being able to afford goods from abroad, primarily England.
Another factor that makes these chairs a good choice is the fact that they are easier to move around without being an encumbrance. For example, in an office setting, it is easier to push in and pull out armless chairs from the office table than it is to do so with a chair fitted with arms. A final point that should be mentioned is the affordability of these chairs relative to chairs fitted with arms of the same caliber; such upholstered chairs are definitely more affordable in this regard.
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