Digital Métiers

The Chair Making Process from Beginning to End in 18th Century France


Eighteenth century France was a time of radical change in the usable arts that people kept in their homes. The armchair (fauteuil à la reine), a new piece of furniture designed for a single-user, symbolized Enlightenment individuality. Explore the construction process from raw material to finished product. Investigate the tools and techniques that permitted the chair to manifest.