Eames Lounge Chair
The Eames Lounge Chair. Stylish, supportive, unmatched. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956, its soft rich leather and precise padding results in the ultimate sitting experience. At £5 000, it is a bargain.
Simple yet beautiful. The Tulip chair’s integrated whole design and organic, expressive shape make it a favourite among designers. Created by Eero Saarines in 1958, the chair pairs well with both modern and traditional settings. It is still made the exact same way it was 60 years ago – no wonder critics love it.
The Ball Chair
Described as a ‘room within a room’ Eero Aarnio’s Ball Chair is hailed as a classic of Finnish design, and rightly so. The ingenious round shell plunges the sitter into their own private universe and provides some well needed escapism – even if it’s only for ten minutes.
Scandinavian designers have a knack for creating pieces that go on to become icons, and Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair is about as iconic as they come. His clever interpretation of the traditional armchair involves soft and sexy curves that flow seamlessly to create a cocoon of privacy. Perfect for when your in-laws are visiting.
Hailing from the most influential school of design, Bauhaus, the Barcelona Chair showcases gentle, swooping lines that represent the principles of modern furniture and architecture. Mies van der Rohe designed the chair in 1929, and never designed another chair since. Classic.
Playful, informal and somewhat fun to sit on, the Favela chair was designed by the Campana brothers in 2003. Inspired by Brazil’s slums, where tenants build their own homes and furniture, each chair is assembled by hand, meaning no two are the same. And every one is labelled, numbered and signed – a true original.
Many of the chairs in this blog are celebrated for their style, innovation and impact on the world of design. But Hans Wegner’s ‘Papa Bear’ is not only stunning, it is perhaps the most comfortable chair on this list. Also known as the Teddy Bear chair, its precisely measured pitch and depth, studied angles and soft padding make it the perfect place to relax. Take a seat here, and you may find it difficult to get up again.
The Ghost Chair
Iconic chairs don’t have to have been around forever, designed by Phillipe Stark in 2002 the Ghost Chair could be described as a modern cult classic. The Baroque style, with its flamboyant flourishes is boiled down into one single mould of polycarbonate. You can also see right through them, making them perfect for small homes with lots of natural light.
The Wassily Chair
Another entry from the Bauhaus era, the Wassily was designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925. He was inspired by the solid, near-perfect design of bicycles and began experimenting with bent tubular steel to create this undeniably sleek piece. Interestingly, the chair was originally called Model B3, its name was later changed as a nod to one of its first fans, Wassily Kandinsky. That’s quite a shout out.
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