The Egyptians are thought to have been the first to design a four-legged seat with a back, more commonly known as a chair. The first instances were discovered in graves going back to 2680 B.C.
The original chairs were low to the ground, ornately carved, and only monarchs and priests were allowed to sit in them. Chairs were lighter and more diversified in appearance during the Renaissance. Chairs grew increasingly common as society became more social.
Most American families had adequate chairs for every family member by the 1800s. Designers didn’t begin exploring the possibilities of chair design with metal and plastic until the 1900s, when they moved beyond the ancient materials of wood, animal leather, and fabric.