The Director’s Chair is easily one of the most enduring items — if not the most enduring item — in the company’s 31-year history. To be sure, the director’s chair is not of our proprietary design; rather, it is an extant staple in the realm of campaign furniture. Put shortly, it is a surviving vestige of what now is deemed an archaic period of designer furniture. Yet, prior to the colonialist origins of the chair’s design is a concept, scissor action, which dates back as far as the 15th century. In ancient Rome, the scissor action was first utilized by coffer-makers, culminating in the invention of the Roman Curule chair from which the director’s chair is ultimately derived.
What once was a knock-down fixture, and thereby a token of the ubiquitous design, the Prizmic and Brill iteration of the director’s chair has since seen both its construction and design evolve over the years, and subsequently assume a mantle of its own. However, many of the main structural hallmarks of the chair remain — i.e., the scissor action (or legs) and wooden frame.
In its contemporary form, the director’s chair is fixed. And it comes with a host of outfitting options from the hardware (e.g., brass, stainless steel), the material of the seat and back (e.g., leather, canvas), to the wood of the frame (e.g., mahogany and a variety of finishes).
In a sense, with all the options provided, the customer is given as much say in the design and construction of the product as a director.