The comfort of a well-designed chair is unparalleled but what if you could get the same without compromising on the style factor of it. These chair designs have re-imagined the seating comfort over the years playing with different materials and positions.
Eames lounge chair
The Eames lounge chair is one of the most celebrated chair designs of corporate furniture industry. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956 for the Herman miller company this chair was one of the very first high – end office chairs.
The objective behind designing this chair was to create an iconic design which was warm and receptive at the same time. The duo used three curved plywood shells as the main member to assemble the headrest, backrest, and the seat. Due to unavailability of flexible ply during those days the shells were made of five thin ply sheets with the final exposed surface covered in Brazilian rosewood veneer. In the early 90s, the veneer was changed to palisander rosewood.
The chair has a low reclined seat which is permanently fixed. The whole seat swivels on a cast aluminum base with threaded glides to keep the chair leveled.
The chair is available under the brand of Herman Miller in America and under Vitra in Europe. And it has got some real famous fans.
Designed by the great minimalist architect Mies Van Der Rohe, the Barcelona Chairs were designed for the German pavilion. The initial chairs designs which came with bolted legs was redesigned using stainless steel to give a smoother seamless finish. The chair is currently being manufactured by Knoll.Inc after Mies conceded the trademark rights to the company.
In 1946 Florence Knoll wanted a chair in which one can sit anyway they want. Eero Saarinen understood it and created the Womb Chair on the theory that the most comfortable and secure place for a human is the womb.
The womb chair was conceptualized to be made of one single material with techniques drawn from the shipbuilding industry. The organic shape along with the padded and upholstered fiberglass shell provides a true comfort along with flexibility.
Arne Jacobsen in 1958 designed the egg chair as a couch seating. The chair was designed for Radisson SAS hotel in Copenhagen. The chair is manufactured by The Republic of Fritz Hansen since those days.
With this chair designer George Nelson created a deliberate easy going type of sitting. The inspiration was drawn from abstract surrealistic work of Joan Miro in the 50s. The original design looked like a coconut with a piece of bent steel with foam rubber padding in leather. Later on, when produced by Herman Miller the shell was made of fiberglass reinforced polyester and screwed aluminum tube legs.
This chair is the mother of all stackable chairs in the world. The idea of a stackable chair was expressed by Mies Van Der Rohe but it was brought into reality by Danish Designer Verner Panton. He was inspired by a stacked pile of plastic buckets and in 1956 created S chair, the initial version of Panton chair made in plaster cast. From then the materials used to manufacture this chair has changed from polyester to thermoplastic polystyrene to polyurethane foam. The chair what we see today is made of polypropylene being used since 1999 by Vitra. The chair’s most famous appearance was on the cover of Vogue magazine in January 1995 with naked Kate Moss.
3017 Dinner Chair
This chair by Arne Jacobsen is the most sold chair in the history of Fritz Hansen. The chair was a made of a single piece of molded ply with pressurised laminate finish. The chair is very light and can be easily stacked.
The Swan Chair
Another iconic chair that we have seen in every lounge and hotel lobbies. The swan chair was part of the same commission by Arne Jacobsen for Radisson SAS hotel in Copenhagen.
The bubble chair
Designed by Eero Arnio in 1968 this chair is made of acrylic on steel frame. The cushions are polyurethane fabric covered with leather. The chair, when hung from above, looks like a floating bubble. Considered as an industrial classic this modernist chair is the ultimate fantasy ball.
The 40/4 chair
This revolutionary stacking chair was designed by David Rowland. The chair was so slim that 40 of them could be stacked in 4 feet height. The contour of the back rest and base would perfectly fit most people. In one of their projects, the university of Illinois the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merill ordered 17000 of the chairs. Such was the critical recognition of this chair that it won the grand prize at Milan Triennale and was included in the Museum of Modern Arts(MOMA) permanent collection.
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