ROCKPORT — “Successful Seating,” an international survey of outstanding wood chair designs, is on display at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, 25 Mill St., through Jan. 7, 2023. The public is invited to the opening Thursday, Sept. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show’s curator is Peter Korn, who founded the center and has been an impassioned chair maker for almost 50 years. It presents 16 chairs by 14 designers from seven countries, all of which are currently in production. These range from classics such as Michael Thonet’s “#14” (first introduced in 1859) and Hans Wegner’s “Wishbone Chair” (1949), to recent introductions such as Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s “Osso Chair” (2019) and Jasper Morrison’s “Iso-Lounge” (2021).

“It is beyond challenging to come up with a chair that succeeds on all levels. Inevitably, there are tradeoffs between comfort, beauty, strength, durability, portability and affordability,” said Korn. “These chairs show what great design looks like when it needs to be commercially viable.”

The chairs in “Successful Seating” include Hans Sandgren Jakobsen’s “Elegance” for manufacturer Asahi Wood, Jakob Berg’s “Oslo” stackable for Brayton, David Ericsson’s “Petite” and “Madonna” for Gärsnäs, Folke Pälsson’s “J77” for Hay, Simon Pengelly’s “Theo” for New Design Group, Barber & Osgerby’s “Ballot” and “Shell” for Isokon Plus, Jasper Morrison’s “Iso-Lounge” for Isokon Plus, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s “Osso” for Mattiazzi, Tom Moser’s “Continuous Arm” for Thos. Moser, and Michael Thonet’s “No. 14” café chair, manufactured by TON. In addition, there are four classics from retailer Design Within Reach: Charles and Ray Eame’s “DCM,” Gio Ponti’s “Leggera,” Niels Otto Moller’s “Model 78” and Hans Wegner’s “Wishbone.”

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nonprofit, year-round school that offers courses in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning. For more information, call 207-594-5611, e-mail or visit Messler Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

“Iso-Lounge” by Jasper Morrison.

“Osso” by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.