THe FaMOUS BARBER CHAIR
Famous chairs are not just designer chairs: the barber chair has its own story to tell. Many have seen these in American films in barber shops, although they have made a return in Europe thanks to hipsters who want to have long, well-kept beards. But the history of shaving, as well as the barbering trade and the working methods used, have more ancient origins.
One of the oldest profession of which written proof exists is that of the barber, who has changed and evolved over the course of centuries. In Ancient Greece and Rome, barbers were very renowned and much respected, and barber shops were places where men might meet to discuss politics or philosophy, or everyday subjects.
The agility with which blades and razors were used by barbers meant that barbers regularly run surgery such as bloodshed and teeth extraction, seating customers on simple chairs or stools; this was when the famous barber pole was made, with white and red stripes nostalgic of the bloodstained cloths needed for these surgical procedures, which were then hanging outside.
For the barbering career, the time from the second half of the 18th century to the end of the 19th century gives a notable phase of change that was stripped of the surgical part of its work, which moved to medicine at that time, and thus barbers became less regular.
Now There are many new looks of mustache and beards with several companies creating their own brands, the items available for shaving increased, and a new type of barber shop was produced in the US with turning barber chairs and large mirrors. The conventional barber shops seen in American films are these. The chair was crafted to help the barber do his work, but also make the customer more pleased.
The design of the barber chair has reached higher quality level over the course of many years, with models that provide every detail, and are carved by antiquarians and other enthusiasts. But the charm of a retro barber chair goes beyond this: it evokes a timeless tradition, a “men’s only” refuge where they can relax and kick back, talk as though they had always met their barber, feeling like a king.