take a seat
Cozy up this winter with a new book on chairs and
a reissued design from Eva Zeisel
Written and Produced by MOLLY JANE QUINN
SITTING IN STYLE • Judith Miller is an expert on all things antique, but in Chairs ($65,
Conran/Octopus Books) she turns her knowledgeable eye to the most utilitarian of home
furnishings: the seat. From the common to the historic to the avant-garde, Miller traces
400 years of seating by examining more than 100 of her favorite designs, including Arne
Jacobsen’s Egg chair (above, left) and a circa 1755 Louis XV fauteuil (above, right).
Compelling photographs of each chair are accompanied by Miller’s insightful text, which
reflects on the iconic or anonymous designers behind each style, the details worth noting,
and, most important, what it’s like to sit in that chair. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (designer
of many chairs, including the Barcelona, which you can see in situ on Page 82) is quoted in the
book’s preface: “The chair has to be light, it has to be strong, it has to be comfortable. It is almost easier
to build a skyscraper than a chair.” After immersing ourselves in Chairs, we couldn’t agree more.
EVA’S HAND • Legendary designer
and ceramicist Eva Zeisel has a
special place at Design New England.
Our font, the Eva typeface you are
reading, is named after the actively
designing 103-year-old Hungarian.
Her grandson, Adam Bass Zeisel,
is continuing her legacy with his
Boston-based company Eva Zeisel
Originals, which offers his
grandmother’s new work, including
furniture, glassware, and accessories,
for sale online. Like Design New
England, Eva Zeisel Originals is
celebrating its third anniversary. To
mark the event, this November the
Zeisels are reissuing her lounge chair
(on which Zeisel is seated; prices start
at at $1,138), a curvy wooden form
with an upholstered seat. To order,
evazeiseloriginals.com or call
This season, consider shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts at a local holiday market — and support arts organizations at the same time.
EAST END ART