The lighting designer\u2014and one of this year\u2019s Dwell 24\u2014hunted down the quintessential director\u2019s chair.I grew up in a Gustav Stickley Craftsman-style home, which was really beautiful but dark. The front porch, however, was really bright and light. We ate every dinner there in the summer, sitting around a table on a bunch of white director\u2019s chairs, like the one I have now. Some of my best childhood memories are from sitting at that table. I don\u2019t know exactly which chairs my parents had because so many people make these. I wanted to find the classic, most quintessential, most ubiquitous version. I Googled "director\u2019s chairs," and there\u2019s a Wikipedia page, and it said who held the first design license, a company called Gold Medal. So I Googled that, and the Chair Store popped up\u2014and they had it! It wasn\u2019t complicated, right? It was just like, that\u2019s so amazing\u2014it\u2019s something that\u2019s survived since 1892. And within two minutes, I was able to find it. When lighting designer Peter B. Staples, founder of New York studio Blue Green Works, moved to a Chinatown apartment last year, he sought to "peel back and tone down" his surroundings in hope of finding clarity amid the pandemic\u2019s chaos. He painted the space a warm white color and added straightforward furnishings that project an air of simplicity. Next to a Donald Judd\u2013inspired sofa he built from plywood and around a mission-style dining table, he placed several director\u2019s chairs like this one, its design holding immense value for him, sentimental and otherwise. Photo: Jamie ChungI love objects that have a certain purity to them. And I think this is a great example\u2014a strangely iconic and quiet piece of design that, in a very simple way, fits its need and does it with a lot of style. There\u2019s something concise about it and something that\u2019s just really honest. You look at it and know exactly how it does what it does, and it goes on to do exactly what you think it\u2019s going to do. It\u2019s perfect as is.