The caveman would have definitely used the most primitive ancestor of a modern chair, carved flat merely out of a stone. However, to fit the definition, we surely have Egyptians who could’ve been the very first users of furniture and built a four-legged chair out of the most durable material available then. This came to light from the precious items preserved along with people’s mummified bodies identified to be from 2680 BCE.
With time, sedentary life set in and civilisation spread far and wide, and people settled by the banks of rivers, farming and cultivating. This gave the man enough time to invent and ponder on the many things he’d need apart from hunting and running from predators.
A result of this surely would’ve been the concept of housing and furniture. From building the most basic structure that would act as a stand to building comfortable chairs, men indulged in the art of carpentry not far after settling down.
Thus, it almost looks like necessity was indeed the mother of this invention too.
Over time, furniture evolved into a word more synonymous with luxury. Its possession started signalling wealth for those could afford to buy the same and skill for those who could build it all.
With flourishing cultures and renaissance, furniture saw a concrete space in art during both the Roman and Greek era. The Victorian style decoration gave prominence to beautiful woodcrafts and the Baroque architecture regarded throne as the prime form, above all furniture.
History also saw furniture symbolising an entire kingdom when a King adorned the bejewelled throne.
With time, furniture today is not only colourful but also portable, mouldable and does morph into many forms! With Swedish giant IKEA taking this category to a whole new level, furniture has taken more than obvious roles and travelled through time along with human evolution!