The story of furniture design is long and really interesting. But the most important things happened during the 20th century.
A lot of amazing shapes, forms and materials were discovered and we still use and love them. And let inspire us from them as well!
Here are ten beautiful examples, which influenced chairs we are sitting on now.
BARCELONA CHAIR, Mies van der Rohe, Lily Reich
Designed in 1929 for the German Pavillon of International Exposition in Barcelona.
Measures: 75 x 75 x 75 cm (30 x 30 x 30 in)
Materials: stainless steel and bovine leather
EAMES PLASTIC SIDE CHAIR, Charles and Ray Eames
Designed in the early 50s by Charles and Ray Eames. They created the series of seat basis forms for various sitting positions.
Measures: 80 x 45,5 x 54,5 cm (31,5 x 18 x 21,5 in)
Materials: Originally fiberglass, now polypropylene
Style: Mid-Century Modern Style
BALL CHAIR, Eero Aarno
Designed in 1963. Eero Aarno wanted to create a completely new simple chair form, so he eliminated all corners and got a ball shape.
Measures: 110 x 97 x 120 cm (43 x 38.25 x 47.25 in)
Materials: Fibreglass, polyurethane, fabric
Style: Mid-Century Modern Style, classic of industrial design
COCONUT CHAIR, George Nelson
Designed by George Nelson in 1955. The form represents a one-eighth segment of a cut coconut with conversed colors.
Measures: 83.5 x 101 x 82 cm (32,75 x 39,75 x 32.25 in)
Materials: Bent steel base, plastic, thick foam rubber
Style: Mid-Century Modern Style
PANTON CHAIR, Verner Panton
Designed in 1960, as first molded plastic stackable chair, produced in one piece.
Measures: 83 x 50 x 61 cm (32,75 x 19,75 x 24 in)
Materials: Moulded plastic
LOUNGE CHAIR and OTTOMAN, Charles and Ray Eames
Designed in 1956 by Charles and Ray Eames. The armchair represents high quality, comfort, and elegance.
Measures: 84 x 84 x 85-91 cm (33 x 33 x 33,5-35,75 in) – Lounge Chair classic
Measures: 42 x 63 x 56 cm (16,5 x 24,75 x 22 in) – Lounge Chair Ottoman
Materials: Wooden shells, leather
EGG CHAIR, Arne Jacobsen
Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for Radisson hotel in Copenhagen.
Measures: 107 x 87 x 79–95 cm (42 x 34 x 31–37 in)
Materials: Chromed steel, fabric cover
SOFA BOCCA, Studio 65
Designed by Studio 65 in 1971 for Gufram, but the original red lip sofa was designed by Salvador Dali in 1936.
Measures: 212 x 85 x 80 cm (83,5 x 33,5 x 31,5 in)
Materials: Soft polyurethane + elastic fabric for indoor (Gufram),
plastic for outdoor (Heller)
Style: Modernism, Pop-Art
RED BLUE, Gerrit Rietveld
Designed in 1917 by Gerrit Rietveld. He was of the opinion, that a chair shouldn’t be comfortable, it should help the body and the mind to stay toned.
“When I sit, I do not want
to sit like my seat-flesh likes
but rather like my seat-mind would,
if he were sitting, weave the chair for himself.”
Measures: 86.7 x 66 x 83.8 cm (34 1/8 x 26 x 33 in)
Materials: Unstained beech wood, was painted with black and primary colors in the early 20s
Style: De Stijl
CHAISE LOUNGE, Mies Van Der Rohe
Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1927.
Measures: 60 x 120 x 79–95 cm (23.5 x 47.25 x 95 in)
Materials: Tubular steel frame, cowhide
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