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Module 1: Influence of Design in Industry

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A Classic Chair for all Times

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So, what about the second chair you mentioned?This is about a chair originally designed by Marcel Breuer who as a teacher of the Bauhausat that time.Let me tell you about the Bauhaus, it was the first modern design school in Germanyand its influence continued till today, in the way design is thought and practiced aroundthe world.It is an interesting story about Breuer.When you was a faculty at Bauhaus, he is to drive a bicycle back and forth and would observethe handlebar of the bicycle everyday.He realized that this benchmark metal pipe has not been used in furniture so far andthat inspired him to develop this range of furniture.This chair become extremely popular in India after Godrej started manufacturing it.But, what about the patent of the chair?Godrej started manufacturing it after the patent had expired.They even designed a metal table to go with it.And this became the iconic table and chair set that we see in government offices andbanks all over the country.So, this chair is popularly called the cantilever chair and I want to show you why this designhas remained timeless and has not changed for 5 decades.People do not realize what a fantastic chair this is.So, it consists of one s bent metal pipe which is a single continuous piece and that providescomfort while sitting, but also it gives you springiness while you sit.Then this can cane weave, it adds to the comfort, but also it provides ventilation and thatis absolutely great for hot and humid climates.Additionally the seat and the back have a wooden frame and these are separately assembledwhich makes the manufacturing process really easy because the metal part is done separatelyand then these frames are added on separately.What a journey Marcel Breuers chair has seen.It is important for the designer to have a good understanding of possibilities and limitationsof materials in manufacturing.I was thinking the classic designs like the chairs you just showed stay forever, but inthe modern context products are evolving constantly.Yes, this is due to constant advancement in technologies, manufacturing and materialsalso change as do peoples aspirations.