Seats: Studies of Furniture Designed by Women


“Seats: Studies of Furniture Designed by Women” is a series of sketches by illustrator Leanne Shapton throwing a sensitive spotlight on the diminished heritage of female designers. Together with Rachel Comey conceived the idea, after searching in vain for chairs by female designers to furnish Comey’s LA boutique. The failed hunt prompted them to ask why women in industrial design receive so much less recognition than their male counterparts, despite significant and often groundbreaking contributions to the field.

“I thought, I’ll draw the furniture we wish we had access to, that we wish was as easy to source as the Breuer and Eames chairs that are so ubiquitous now,” Shapton said. The result is 100 watercolor and ink paintings featuring Shapton’s abstractions of chairs, lights and tables by female designers throughout history: Lina Bo Bardi, Eileen Gray, Cini Boeri, Nanna Ditzel, Florence Knoll, Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Gigi Sabadin, Clara Rorset, Charlotte Perriand and Greta Magnusson Grossman, among them.

Can you tell the designer for each sketch? Some of them are easy to find...

All images © Leanne Shapton


1&11. Florence Knoll
2. Eileen Gray
3. Gae Aulenti
4. Greta Magnusson Grossman
5. ? I'm guessing Charlotte Perriand but I am not sure
6. Clara Porset
7. Cini Boeri
8. ? Any info is more than wellcome
9. Gigi Sabadin
10. Lina Bo Bardi