Seating is amongst the oldest known furniture types, and authors including Encyclopædia Britannica regard it as the most important.
In additional to the functional design, seating has had an important decorative element from ancient times to the present day. This includes carved and sculpted pieces intended as works of art, as well as the styling of seats to indicate social importance, with senior figures or leaders granted the use of specially designed seats.
The simplest form of seat is the chair, which is a piece of furniture designed to allow a single person to sit down, which has a back and legs, as well as a platform for sitting.
Chairs often feature cushions made from various fabrics