Upholstered furniture promises comfort and ease. Often, it serves to represent and convey the pride of the owner. That has always been the case: Josef Hoﬀmann’s exclusive Kubus Fauteuil is not forgotten or the padded armchair that Walter Gropius designed for the director’s room in the Weimar Bauhaus. The forms range from the Barcelona chair designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohes to the Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen, whereas today the insides of upholstery generally no longer have a coil spring construction but a fitted foam cushion. Even air cushioned, as shown by inflatable seat accessories that came into fashion in the 1960s. Contemporary taste changed and with it the perception of the often voluminous upholstered armchairs.
Thomas Schriefers follows this trail in order to trace expectations and explore the importance of upholstered furniture in these times of residential mobility, co-living and sharing.