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The Latest 99% Invisible Podcast Will Have You on the “Edge of Your Seat”

The Latest 99% Invisible Podcast Will Have You on the “Edge of Your Seat”
The Latest 99% Invisible Podcast Will Have You on the “Edge of Your Seat”, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chairs. Image © Flickr user James Davies
Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chairs. Image © Flickr user James Davies

“A Chair is a difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier.” – Mies van der Rohe

In his latest 99% Invisible podcast, Roman Mars takes listeners to the edge of their seats (literally), as he tackles one of design’s unique challenges: the chair. From Van der Rohe to Gehry, Hadid, Libeskind and Corbusier, “if they’ve designed a big building, chances are they’ve designed a thing on which to sit,” begins Mars. Yet the complexity of chair design comes from the fact that a chair “disappears when in use...Chairs need to look fantastic when empty, and remain invisible (and comfortable) while in use,” states Mars. And with numerous recent studies showing the negative impacts of sitting too much, innovative chair design is now more important than ever.

Listen to the full podcast and check out some well-known chairs designed by architects after the break.

Le Corbusier's LC4 Chaise Longue

Le Corbusier's LC4 Chaise Longue. Image © Flickr CC user LB & Roberto Sena
Le Corbusier's LC4 Chaise Longue. Image © Flickr CC user LB & Roberto Sena

Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames’ Tulip Chair

The Tulip Chair, co-designed by Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames. Image Courtesy of CC Wikimedia Commons User Knoll.com.
The Tulip Chair, co-designed by Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames. Image Courtesy of CC Wikimedia Commons User Knoll.com.

Gerrit Rietveld’s Red Blue Chair

Gerrit Rietveld’s "Red Blue Chair". Image Courtesy of Ellywa / Wikimedia Commons
Gerrit Rietveld’s "Red Blue Chair". Image Courtesy of Ellywa / Wikimedia Commons

Alvar Aalto's Paimio Chair

Alvar Aalto's Paimio Chair. Image © Flickr CC user rocor
Alvar Aalto's Paimio Chair. Image © Flickr CC user rocor

Lina Bo Bardi’s Bowl Chair

Lina Bo Bardi’s Bowl Chair. Image Courtesy of Arper
Lina Bo Bardi’s Bowl Chair. Image Courtesy of Arper

Frank Gehry's Wiggle Side Chair

Frank Gehry's Wiggle Side Chair. Image © Flickr CC user mark6mauno
Frank Gehry's Wiggle Side Chair. Image © Flickr CC user mark6mauno
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Cite: Katie Watkins. "The Latest 99% Invisible Podcast Will Have You on the “Edge of Your Seat”" 30 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/573257/the-latest-99-invisible-podcast-will-have-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat/> ISSN 0719-8884

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