Architecture and Furniture: How is your chair relevant to your office?


What exactly is the correlation between architecture and furniture? Most people see architecture as tall buildings and furniture as sofas and tables. As a former architecture student, my eyes have become adjusted to see more than just a tall building; the way the ceiling meets the ground, the height of a window according to its occupants, the space behind open doors, all aspects that other people commonly do not see, nor particularly care for. Furniture on the other hand is more of a tangible object that can be held or moved. Then what is it about architecture and furniture that makes them so related and interchanged that so many architects become furniture designers or end up making at least one table in their lifetime?


Designing a chair requires a lot more work than it may seem. You have to take in account for the height of the legs, width of the seat, angle of the back, whether there will be armrests or not, let alone make it comfortable, stylish, and affordable. These considerations are exactly what architects have to consider when making a building. But aside from the technical details, architecture and furniture are what help us designate spaces for where to go, live, sleep, dine, put a book, and place a pencil. They help us navigate through the day, define our spaces, help create routines: ultimately outlining our lives.


 Imagine living in a world without architecture and furniture. Can you? What would we do? How would we live without designating something as our “house” or “closet”?

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