Over the years, the design styles of chairs have encapsulated the Era, the Designer, the Consumer and the Society of the day.
The chair expresses the quality of craftsmanship, the authority of the owner, the personality and sensibility of the owner.
I am showing here 10 Classic chairs which were innovative at their inception and are still, like good music, timeless, and appropriate today as much if not more than then.
Designed in 1925 by Marcel Breuer, the Wassily chair is artistic, funky and timeless with its lightweight construction and dynamic lines. Also known as the Model B3, the Wassily was revolutionary for the manufacturing methods and innovative use of bent steel tubes and canvas.
This sexy Tulip chair is famous for the curvaceous impression it made back in 1956. Eero Saarinen made history with its pedestal base as the first one legged chair. It is a pure expression of modernism and is as popular today as it ever was.
The Swan Chair is the Egg Chair’s cousin which was conceived simultaneously for the same Hotel commission in 1958. The Swan Chair was most influential of its time for its seamless curvature and has defined the Retro style which remains popular today.
Designed by Charles and Ray Eames, the Eames Lounge Chair is the pinnacle of this mid-century wave of modern chairs. It was constructed in 1956 with a plywood frame and leather cushioning but now comes in the color, leather grade and base style of your choice
Also known as ‘the resting machine’, the LC4 lounge chair gives you a lot to rest your eyes on. Designed by one of the great pioneers of modern architecture and furniture design, Le Corbusier really nailed the essence of relaxation with this one in 1928. This lounge chair was far beyond its time and still resembles a post modern piece of art, which coincidentally is permanently displayed at the Modern Museum of Art in New York City.
The LC2 Petit Armchair is the mini-me version of the Grand Comfort Chair designed by Le Corbusier in 1928. The difference between the two are that the LC2 is more compact, and the LC3 has down-wrapped cushions that create a softer look and feel. They both possess highly dense seating and a cube shaped body with a cut out for seating that provides maximum comfort in small spaces where design should never be compromised in the absence of floor space.
The Eiffel Base Shell Chair looks exactly how described with the base legs reflecting the Eiffel Tower and the seat resembling the curves of a turtle shell! Also designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1948 was a simple side chair that has only become more popular since its inception and used readily today as a side chair
The classic Egg Chair designed by Arne Jacobsen was made in 1958 for the interior design of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Germany.
Also made in the 1950’s was the Diamond Chair, a product of experimental genius by designer Harry Bertoia who welded metal and played with different shapes and forms. He decided to make practical art and the Diamond Chair was born.
Designed in 1963, this retro modern Ball Chair also known as the Globe Chair still looks like something out of the future! Eero Aarnio created the prototype for what would be the most unconventional chair of its time which started a new line of fiberglass seating. Originally, the chair was geared towards industrial design and today these reproductions also function as home furniture all over the globe.
I can only imagine the honor of designing a chair which can transcend time such as these chairs do….One has to appreciate the influence these Designers and Architects created on our lives…it goes to show that good Design is truly timeless and can affect the lifestyles of many generations.
All pictures and descriptions are from www.home-designing.com