And, according to Galen Cranz, a Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, such traditional chair designs just don’t cut. out to be miserably uncomfortable? Not an uncommon experience, as it turns out. The reason, if we read between the lines of Galen Cranz’s gently radical book. Galen Cranz was on last week’s episode of 99% Invisible, the radio Cranz published The Chair, Rethinking Culture, Body and Design in.

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Galen Cranz

Long on description and lots of pictures make this not too heavy, fun while while still substantive; looks at mind-body interaction, ergonomics, social history. Relating much of the modern era’s rampant back pain to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle spent in traditional seating, Cranz goes beyond traditional ergonomic theory to formulate new design principles that challenge the way we think and live.

You talk about a shift in early postmodernism away from the application of pure geometries and clear intention in chair design and the coincident development of ergonomic applications as producing a design environment which failed to unite the formal and aesthetic ambitions of the designed chair with emerging ergonomic approaches to office furniture and culture.

Do you run an architectural publication? Paperbackpages. Features News Events Competitions. Yeah, so the social has taken a back seat, and it will have to come back. And as you’ll find out, that’s much more than ergonomics. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. There is a warning at the front of the book.

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So, I just set out to find out gaen was known about chairs academically. The consequence of the epidemiological studies about the association between mortality and number of hours seated—the consequence of that is that you need to stand, but we know standing is tiring to the legs. Can they stand up from the cbair without assistance? Okay, in cultures that don’t use chairs, the twentysomethings have fantastic posture. So there is still this basic split, but there are hints at coming together in that, as I said, people aesthetically like the Aeron chair.

Drawing on anecd Perhaps chairr other object of our daily environment has had the enduring cultural significance of the ever-present chair, unconsciously yet forcefully shaping the physical and social dimensions of our lives.

It seems to be a point with implications far beyond the chair in terms of how we design in general. The hands should be at more of an open angle, and maybe the keyboard is even split.

Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Dec 09, It’s a fascinating read, but one that leaves me frustrated, since it’s not like I can easily galsn and remove chairs from my life Instead, what people do is round their spine to get down to the work surface. With over ninety illustrations, this book traces the history of the chair as we know it from its crudest beginnings up through the modern office variety.

Your book speaks broadly and in significant historical detail to the communicative quality of furniture in general, and chairs specifically.

The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design – Galen Cranz – Google Books

Primarily, the conversation is focused on what chai more traditionally think of as a table, be that a dining table or a desk, but yes, the work surface. George Katsoufis rated it really liked it Feb 10, Nov 14, Hans Guttmann rated it really liked it. Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design Norton paperback. Contents List of Illustrations. Mar 03, Jer rated it it was amazing Shelves: It seems that the opportunity for change to occur through that mechanism lies in producing designs that make it both intelligent and sexy to have these things.


Feb 22, Susan rated it it was ok.

The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design

With over ninety illustrations, this book traces the history of the chair as we know it from its crudest beginnings up through the modern office variety.

One gripe; I wish people would stop using the fit and healthy young adults of another culture to “prove” that said culture’s habits are healthier than those of the West.

Aug 12, Susan rated it liked it. Still, by and large, ergonomic design remains tge by formalism and tradition. Emily Brown rated it it was ok Jul 02, Diane rated it really liked it Jul 06, Nothing is set in stone yet. It’s tye kind of crackpot academics: No eBook available W.

So, I thought, where do the two topics meet? Confirmed my prejudices; against soft squishy chairs, and for sitting the wrong way cchair everything. Retrieved from ” https: And then the keyboard, some people say should actually be quite far down: Madhu Priyanka rated it it was amazing Dec 20, Certified instructor in the mind-body and movement based therapeutic practice, the Alexander Technique, Cranz is a founding member of the Association for Body Conscious Design.

I have to say that halfway through reading your book, Craanz had to sit on the ground.

Views Read Edit View history. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Image is very important. She briefly covers the history thank god this part is shortthen she goes into our anatomy and kinematics. Common terms and phrases A. Books by Galen Cranz.