History of the Director’s Chair

The director’s chair is a lightweight chair made from canvas and wood. The modern American style Director’s Chairs was introduced by the Gold Medal Camp Furniture Company in 1892, and featured at the 1893 World’s Fair Columbian Exposition in Chicago where it won an award for excellence in casual furniture design.

Since then, its legacy with the Hollywood film industry and directors has made it an iconic symbol of Hollywood itself. Later seen on film sets all over the world. In fact, our own director had one while shooting Chairs.

But how and why did this chair become so popular and why is it still used on film sets today?

This is the history of the director’s chair.