Who Invented the First Chair?

According to popular belief, the invention of the chair—a four-legged seat with a back—is credited to the ancient Egyptians. The earliest instances date back to 2680 B.C., when they were discovered in tombs.

Royalty and clergymen were the only people who could sit in the first chairs, which were low to the ground and elaborately carved. The styles of chairs expanded and became lighter during the Renaissance. Chairs grew increasingly common as society became more social.

Most American homes during the 1800s featured enough chairs for every member of the family. However, it wasn’t until the 1900s that designers began to explore the possibilities of chair design with metal and plastic, moving past the traditional materials of wood, animal leather, and fabric.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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