Ask me a Question

This tab is to discuss any questions you may have about chairs.  I will answer them to the best of my ability.  If I don’t know the answer I will post a temporary note to tell you that I am researching the post.  Please ask away.  The more questions I answer the more I learn about the topic.

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105 Responses to Ask me a Question

  1. Anna Lance says:

    Brian, On my chair cards i got minus one for place of origin on a few and date but they were all on there I guess just in a different place. Maybe next time I will make it more clear, But I don’t want points taken off when they were on there.

    • Brian says:

      If I missed something or you have a question just ask. With 630 chair cards to grade I may have made a mistake and I can always go back and fix it.

  2. Can you add a search function to the blog so that it easier to find the older posts?

  3. Ayten Nadeau says:

    Brian

    The Terrence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos Chair and the Van de Velde Armchair was on our list for week 1 chair card. Do we need to draw the same chairs again for Week 2 cards?
    Thanks

    • Brian says:

      They are not on the week 2 list. If you got them wrong or got points marked off you have the opportunity to re-do the cards for half credit. (half credit is better than no credit) If you need to do any cards over again then yes, the ones you redo have to be included with your 10 for week 2.

  4. Ayten Nadeau says:

    got the correct list. thanks

  5. Amy Vafai says:

    Brian,
    I found this website for Duncan Phyfe’s armchair…is this a legitimate source? It has all the required information.
    Thank you,
    http://www.richardrothstein.com/duncan-phyfe-arm-chair-sw631.html

  6. Matt Weikert says:

    I know that you did an in depth breakdown for the chairs in week one. Just wondering if you would do the same for each week? I don’t see it on here yet. Thanks,

    • Brian says:

      I am in the middle of a huge project for my studio but I will make time. I know it is useful to you guys to know where these chairs are coming from. Please allow me until morning to get this in. I am finishing a drafting project right now and will do the research necessary to post a proper run through of this week’s chairs.

  7. Ashley Mock says:

    Brian,

    Could this be used for the Cherner Chair?

    http://hivemodern.com/pages/products.php?view=sub_product&sid=208

  8. Hannah says:

    I have finished the chair cards for Week Two except for a couple.
    1) What exactly are you looking for with the Shaker-style chair? I don’t know what I’m suppose to be looking for because it was left so open, therefore, I can’t narrow my results down.
    2) I am having many problems finding any information on the Carolean chair. I keep stumbling upon antique sites where the information is unreliable. Is there a website you could point me to or something?

    • Sarah Stanley says:

      I’m having the same problem Hannah. Are these links ok for the shaker style armchair..it is a rocking armchair though??

      http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/182458.html

      http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/230202.html

      • Brian says:

        no… Rocking chairs are entirely different. We are looking for an armchair. What we would call today a “Captain’s” chair. (something with arms)

        Check the search tool on this blog and look at what has been posted

        You could use this or you could seach the shakerstyle website for another example

    • Brian says:

      For the shaker chairs I just wanted you to be able to look through the available shaker collection and pick out an armchair you liked and draw it. It is more of a familiarization exercise. Shaker is a style not a specific chair. A reputable antique dealer may be an excellent choice. Look at it and make your decision. If you are still having problems look at this blog. In the upper right corner you will find a search tool. I have given you a set of shaker chairs and the website I got them from.

      For your corolean chair look up Peter Jacobean. That should get you back on the right track.

  9. caity whisenant says:

    i was wondering what you were looking for with the adam arm chair. i have found multiple styles…
    1: a round-back, cushion armchair (from a book)
    2: http://www.davidrumsey.com/amica/amico182161-121204.html but this one is very different from others
    3:and http://www.museumfurniture.com/adam/8armchair1.jpg however, these chairs have no information about them

    • Brian says:

      That’s exactly what I’m looking for. Adam was a style not a specific chair. Just pick one in the Style and draw that. Pick your favorite. Personally I would go with the medallion back but then I am the one who picked the Louis XV chairs because of the medallion backed chair. I’m glad your picking up a book and checking it out. Whatever fits your drawing style. If we have a question about it, we will check out your source. Good job.

  10. I found a secret weapon for the chair cards – “1000 Chairs” by Charlotte & Peter Fiell (a Taschen book). It has great images and good information though I still have to hunt for things like dimensions! Best $10 I have spent this year on Amazon.

  11. anna hambly says:

    Would this work for the Federal Shield Back Armchair?

    http://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/shield-back-armchair

  12. Brian says:

    Yes… I like that one very much…. good choice. Make sure to put the entire site on your card. Lots of students are only putting the website and not citing their source completely.

  13. holly burda says:

    do you give half credit for chair cards that are only missing one point? or better yet, do you do half points period?

    • Brian says:

      yes. Any point that you miss will be regraded the following friday for half credit. If you miss 6 points and turn those cards back in you will receive 3 points for them. So… You had 14 out of 20 and now would have 17 out of 20. That takes you from a 70% to an 85%. It is always a good idea to redo the cards you missed.

  14. Ashley Mock says:

    Hi Brian,

    I know you have tons of chair cards to grade, but I was wondering how you graded them. For the first set I only saw a -2 and I redid that one because it was the wrong chair. On blackboard I have a 16/20.

    Thanks!

  15. caity whisenant says:

    Hey brian I was looking through the chair cards for this week (week 4) and for the blue collection chair you put Saarinen next to it. However, when I was looking thought the chair blog at older post the post called “blue collection” says Eero Sarrinen. and then i found this website…

    http://www.eliel-saarinen.com/22/Furniture/Blue_Suite/Blue_Chair.htm

    i just wanted to clarify this with you before starting.
    thanks, caitlyn

  16. Ashley Mock says:

    Is the Easy Chair 42 the same as the Easy Armchair?

  17. anna hambly says:

    So I was looking up Georgian side chairs with the info you gave us and I found a site about them with pictures but no other real information. I also found a more modern one that had the necessary info and reflected the older styles shown on the previous source. Do you think the second source chair would work since I’ve backed it up a little?

    1.http://chestofbooks.com/home-improvement/furniture/English-Furniture-2/Cane-And-Wood-Splat-Backed-Chairs.html

    2.http://www.kohlerinteriors.com/baker/1_1_5_0_coll_prod.jsp?brand=Baker&coll_id=1936450&coll3=&category=Chairs&subcategory=&prod_id=1935350&prod_num=4642&index=3&browse_key=Baker!1936450!Chairs!!&new_product_section=

    • Brian says:

      Again for styles like the Georgian you are looking for a chair in the georgian style. Not a specific chair. Yes your website looks good. It will work. One of the points of this exercise it to get you to look and see that there are several things out there called a Georgian style chair. Styles and periods are not specific. Have fun with the search and find a good one.

  18. Brian says:

    As I told Anna… The Georgian style chair is up to you. Find a good one and be able to back it up with information. This is about research and recognizing that there are more than one chair out there that would be recognized as a Georgian style. I know I will get several different submissions. Just be able to back it up with citation

    Gothic chair. As long as it is the one from Robert Adam it’s fine.

  19. Michelle Kirkman says:

    http://www.eliel-saarinen.com/25/Furniture/Blue_Suite/Arrangements.htm

    Is this what you mean by the “blue collection”?

  20. Michelle Kirkman says:

    I’m having a hard time finding a gothic chair designed by Robert Adam. Any suggestions?

  21. Jack Kennedy says:

    I’m finding a lot of chairs designed by Robert Adam and produced by Chippendale, especially the gothic and rococo. Is this correct??

  22. Ayten Nadeau says:

    Brian

    Are these the right chairs for Chinese Chippendale?

  23. Alexis Garcia says:

    Is the eames wire chair the same as the dkr chair?

    • Brian says:

      The Eames DKR is a wire framed chair. The D stands for dining height, the K is a K-wire frame for the base and the R is an R-wire frame for the frame. If you google “dkr shell chair” the explanation from this blog is the second thing you see. I have added a search tool on the blog so you can look at what I have already posted. Most of the answers you are looking for are here.

  24. Amy Vafai says:

    Which BRNO chair should I pick…the tubular BRNO or the flat bar BRNO chair?

    • Brian says:

      You know… I never noticed there were two different ones. If you draw a good comparison on one card I will make sure it get’s on the blog this week. It would make a good paragraph to go with the blog entry.

  25. Beckie Yohn says:

    I am unable to find anything on the Club Tub chair by Joan Burgasser, does the chair go by a different name that would make finding it easier?

    • Brian says:

      that is the hardest chair on the list to find. check out the blog and find out what it looks like or come see me at my desk tomorrow. I will be there from 8-12.

      • this is helpful for majors…what about us non-majors? any hints? I found out that Joan worked for Thonet when it moved to York, PA and that she is active on her local neighborhood board…not helpful with the chair thing though…

      • Brian says:

        The only help can give you is look in the books I mentioned. or… come by my desk. I have quite a few books. I am in studio MWF from 8-12

    • Brian says:

      no. That is a tub chair but we are looking specificaly for a Joan Burgasser chair. This is not one that you can do on the internet. Look at the blog and you will find the image but you will have to go to one of the books I have mentioned to get the information.

  26. Hannah says:

    What are you looking for when you say “Eames chair group”? The only thing popping up is his aluminum group and that’s a separate card.

    • Brian says:

      You are looking for the Eames Chair. I put group so you would include the ottoman with the chair. The Eames Lounge chair is a bent plywood base with a black leather cushion. It is iconic and not hard to find.

  27. Jack Kennedy says:

    Hi Brian, Two Questions for you.

    Mushroom chair, The one shown on the chair blog is the ottoman??? which are we supposed to draw?

    Sacco Chair, produced by Zanotta, Deisgners are Piero Gatti, Cesare Paolini, and Franco Teodoro. Which should we list as the designer?

    Thanks
    Jack

  28. Pier says:

    i was wondering what you were looking for with the adam arm chair. i have found multiple styles…
    1: a round-back, cushion armchair (from a book)
    2: http://www.davidrumsey.com/amica/amico182161-121204.html but this one is very different from others
    3:and http://www.museumfurniture.com/adam/8armchair1.jpg however, these chairs have no information about them

    +1

    • Brian says:

      The idea behind adding chairs such as the Adam style chairs was to introduce the students to an array of chairs. I am changing the list this year and moving towards more modern chairs and grouping them by design type. The Adam chair specifically was in the beginning of a new 100 chair list and left open for interpretation by the students so they could come up with any of them they found.

  29. Katrina says:

    Brian, I feel like I’m banging my head against a wall! I’m looking for the Walnut Rush Seated Chair, Cove, 1990, but I can’t find *anything*! I’ve checked “Chairs: a History” and “1000 Chairs” and “Modernism” I’ve even tried searching “furniture designer Cove” and “architect cove” but nothing turns up. Can we get a hint, or at least a first name on this guy?

    Thanks!
    Katrina

    • Brian says:

      Katrina I am looking at it in one of my books but I just tried looking for it in other sources and it isn’t a good chair for this list. I am going to make a change to the list based on your observation and substitute:

      Spindle Side Chair: Stickley 1905

      This is a much better example of an Arts and Crafts chair.

      • Katrina says:

        Noted! Thanks for the substitution!
        Out of curiosity, will you post the chair and a little about the mysterious designer I couldn’t find? 🙂

  30. Here’s the story, I’ve been searching for Maybeck’s Oak hall chair all day today. I had a friend at the Public library helping me search for it, a friend that graduated with a masters degree in design helping me, I have sifted through google, emailed people who claim to have made reproductions, contacted Oakland Museum in California who claimed to have had it in their collection at one point yet who didn’t keep a record of it other than that they had it…I just can’t find this chair! Where do I need to go? I am at the end of my rope, can you help, or hint, or something??

  31. Beckie Yohn says:

    I have been searching for the Oak Hall chair by Bernard Maybeck for hours now and I haven’t found anything. Could you point me in the right direction or tell me what to search for to make it easier?

  32. Beth Lowder says:

    I’ve been trying to figure out which Hall Armchair (Greene & Greene) you are referring to. Here’s a page that shows the entry hall armchair at the Gamble House: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/eresources/archives/avery/greene/images/images_NYDA01-F124.html
    The specific jpg for entry hall armchair at Gamble House: http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/mrsid/image_jpeg.pl?client=ggva&image=NYDA.1987.003.00097.sid&level=2&x=1600&y=1150&width=1000&height=700

    Here’s the one at the Blacker House: http://www.gamblehouse.org/nnb/object/510.html

    This is a second link for the Hall Armchair at the Blacker House. It has different materials listed from the one above. (They include ebony instead of oak.) http://www.mutualart.com/Artwork/Hall-Armchair-from-the-Robert-R–Blacker/4ECC77529A73AA8C

    Are you wanting a specific one of these? And if it’s the chair from the Blacker House, which link is correct about the materials…?

    Thanks for any help you can offer. -Beth Lowder

  33. Isn’t the week two Padouck Armchair not the same as the week one Casa Calvet Armchair?

    • Brian says:

      Yes it was… like I said this is a new list. I have replaced it with the Rocker 1 from Charles Thonet. A fun one to draw. Good luck and thanks for your question.

  34. Shelley says:

    You did tell say Thonet Rocking Chair #13? Having a hard time finding one that is labeled 13, is it different from # 1? And what is the date of the chair?

  35. Beth Lowder says:

    Is the “Lyre Back” chair the same as the chair you have listed as “Duncan Phyfe Side Chair” on your blog post at https://chaircards.wordpress.com/2010/09/22/duncan-phyfe-armchair/ ?

    Also, I found a pic of “rocking chair model #1” in “1000 Chairs” on page 48. However, it said that it was designed in 1862 and the list says 1905. Is this the same chair you are looking for? It has 2 straps on the bottom? I have a pic but I don’t think I can post it on here.

    And is the Highback Chair you want the one from Argyle Street Tea Rooms or the one for Rose Boudoir? Both are in the 1000 Chairs book.

    Is the “Side Chair” by Behrens the same as the “Wertheim chair” on page 93 of 1000 Chairs?

    The 1000 Chairs book lists the Transat as being designed in 1925-26 but the list says 1920. Is there more than one Transat…?

    Thanks,
    Beth Lowder

    • Brian says:

      As long as it is a Duncan Phyfe chair with a Lyre back It will be fine.

      • Beth Lowder says:

        Thanks!!!!

        Also, I found a pic of “rocking chair model #1″ in “1000 Chairs” on page 48. However, it said that it was designed in 1862 and the list says 1905. Is this the same chair you are looking for? It has 2 straps on the bottom? I have a pic but I don’t think I can post it on here.

        And is the Highback Chair you want the one from Argyle Street Tea Rooms or the one for Rose Boudoir? Both are in the 1000 Chairs book.

        Is the “Side Chair” by Behrens the same as the “Wertheim chair” on page 93 of 1000 Chairs?

        The 1000 Chairs book lists the Transat as being designed in 1925-26 but the list says 1920. Is there more than one Transat…?

        Thanks,
        Beth Lowder

  36. Beth Lowder says:

    Hi! I’m not sure this went through the first time. I had a couple more questions for you:

    I found a pic of “rocking chair model #1″ in “1000 Chairs” on page 48. However, it said that it was designed in 1862 and the list says 1905. Is this the same chair you are looking for? It has 2 straps on the bottom? I have a pic but I don’t think I can post it on here.

    And is the Highback Chair you want the one from Argyle Street Tea Rooms or the one for Rose Boudoir? Both are in the 1000 Chairs book.

    The 1000 Chairs book lists the Transat as being designed in 1925-26 but the list says 1920. Is there more than one Transat…?

    Thanks,
    Beth Lowder

    • Brian says:

      Use the blog. The correct highback chair is there.

      Use the dates found in the book. I estimated the dates according to different books.

  37. april says:

    I can’t seem to navigate this site correctly. I’m looking all over the place to see where the pictures of the chairs are supposed to be and can’t find it. I’m lost. Where are they so that I can make sure that I am getting the right chair.

    • Brian says:

      Go to the main page and look for the search bar on the right side. Type in your chair info and unless it’s a new chair I haven’t blogged about, your chair should come up.

  38. april says:

    ok thank you.. I was looking for a specific tab i’ve got it now

  39. april says:

    is the cantilever chair by mart stam supposed to be the side chair or the armchair and is it also referred to as s-43?

  40. Beth Lowder says:

    For the “Blue Collection” do we need to draw all three pieces, the sofa, chair, and table?

  41. Shelley says:

    Is the Chareau chair that you’re asking for the one that has wooden arms or is it the one that has curly details? Or is it a different one entirely?

  42. monsdzine says:

    Found it finally!! Dana Thomas 🙂

  43. Shelley says:

    Which Wright armchair should we choose, there are a few?

    Thanks,
    Shelley Gates

    • Brian says:

      You have already done the barrel chair. You should look through his chairs and choose the one you feel is an armchair. Not a dining chair, side chair, I’m not looking for the johnson wax chair. That limits the list down considerably.

  44. april says:

    For the ant chair, when I looked on the website you have the series 7 listed but not the simple ant chair. Are we supposed to use the ant chair or the series 7 ant chair? and is it the 3 leg or 4 leg if it’s just the ant chair

    • Brian says:

      There is a search bar on the main page of this blog. If you type Ant Series 7 you will see the Ant Series 7 chair.

      • april says:

        So it is supposed to be the series 7 chair? My confusion was because there is a difference between the ant chair that is listed on the chairlist and the series 7 ant chair that is listed on the blog and I do not know which one to use

      • Brian says:

        The chair listed in the list as well on the blog is the Ant Series 7 chair.

  45. Beth Lowder says:

    The list just says “Ant” though and doesn’t mention Series 7. If we did the original ant chair, will that be considered correct?

  46. april says:

    For the Aluminum Group by Eames, which one are we supposed to use. There seems to be a few different models. Or do you want all of them?

    • Brian says:

      Look on the blog. There is a search bar on the right side of the main page. Type in Aluminum group. That should answer your question.

  47. april says:

    is the globe chair by aarnio also known as the ball chair?

    • Brian says:

      Yes. Either is fine. I put globe so you would draw the one on the pedestal instead of the hanging Ball chair.

  48. Natalie says:

    So I have found 4 chairs that were shown in the Hunger Games movie one of which I have found out what its called and who it was made by. Can you help me find out what the other three are?
    This is the first one that I have identified: http://www.mythaidesign.com/news-article/items/the_phillips_collection-nuttapong-movie-seatbelt_chairs.html

    Then there are these three:
    http://hungergamesdwtc.net/2012/01/new-still-of-peeta-and-haymitch/

    http://cinema.theiapolis.com/movie-2T4B/the-hunger-games/gallery/stanley-tucci-caesar-flickerman-and-josh-1074937.html

    Thanks
    Natalie Johnson

  49. Beth Lowder says:

    There were a couple spelling errors I noticed, and I just didn’t want other people to overlook them and learn them the wrong way – Starck has a “c” in it and it’s Diffrient (not Different).

    On the Humanscale website, there are several chairs which were designed by Niels Diffrient. There’s the World chair, Freedom chair, and Liberty chair – all with “Humanscale” in their names. I looked on here but didn’t see any posts about it. Which one were you looking for?

    Here’s the site where you can see them all: http://www.humanscale.com/about/news.cfm?newsid=62

    thanks!

    • Brian says:

      Thank you for catching it. I wont be home for a while so I wont get it changed. Please make sure your spelling is correct.

  50. fagforening says:

    I delight in, lead to I found just what I was having a look for. You’ve ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

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