'The Art Of Seating' You'll Never View Sitting The Same Again

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- You sit in one everyday but have you ever thought about who's behind the design of your favorite resting chair? Probably not.

But maybe it's worth a second thought. Because sometimes a chair is more than what meets the eye. It may very well be a reflection of your likes, your artistic view, reminds you of 'home', of perhaps just a nice place to plop down.

Think about the hands that have gone into creating, designing, and manufacturing a chair that you pick to place in your home--now sit with that for a moment.

Believe it or not, sometimes a chair represents not just art but history. One such chair is that of the House of Representatives Chamber Armchair from 1857. You would recognize this chair by the people who've appeared in portraits with it such as Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson. The chair was designed by Thomas U. Walter, Architect of the U.S. Capitol from 1851 to 1865. But this chair is one worth not just viewing in portraits but in person.

The chair is among 42 others on exhibit at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. The exhibit called, "The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design" will be on display from August 23 – December 31, 2014.

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The collection showcases iconic and historic chairs dating from early 1800s to today's studio furniture movement. The collection is from a private one owned by Diane DeMell Jacobsen. You'll not only get to see the chairs but find out about the stories behind the designs. The collection also features chairs from manufacturers Knoll, Herman Miller and Steelcase.


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