There are some seating designs that never cease to be popular. In this post, we’re taking a look at five of our favourite classic iconic chairs created by the furniture industry.
1. The Verner Panton S Chair
The iconic modernist S Chair, designed by Verner Panton for Hermann Miller, was the first chair to be made from a single piece of moulded plastic and helped set the scene for future developments in furniture and seating. The chair can be stacked easily and, thanks to its ergonomic shape, it also provides a good level of seating comfort. There have been lots of copies made of this design over the years, but you can’t get better than investing in an original chair.
2. The Hans J. Wegner Wishbone Chair
Hans J Wegner created the Wishbone chair in the 1950s, for Danish company Carl Hansen & Sons, and it still remains a popular dining chair today. Sitting in it you’ll instantly appreciate why – it’s a timeless design, beautifully crafted and comfortable.
Carl Hansen & Sons are celebrating their 110-year anniversary this month and have produced the Wishbone chair in six new limited edition colours. The colours are all inspired by nature – forests, beaches and woodlands – and are Forest Green, Deep Olive, Oyster Grey, Rosy Blush, Russet Red and Deep Burgundy. The chairs are available to purchase until 31st December 2018.
3. Eames Lounge Chair
The Eames lounge chair was designed in 1956, by American designer team Charles and Ray Eames, and manufactured by Herman Miller. Their aim was to improve on the design of existing lounge chairs and create a comfortable seat that ‘fits like a glove’. Needless to say, they certainly achieved all that and it remains an iconic and popular chair today.
4. Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair
Arne Jacobsen designed the Egg chair in 1958, as a chair that provides a little bit of privacy. It was made by Scandinavian furniture specialist, Fritz Hansen, and produced in a range of colours and finishes. It was originally designed specifically for use in a Radisson SAS hotel, but thankfully caught on and became available for the public to buy too. It’s a comfortable and very distinctive design and certainly does provide the person sitting on it with an element of privacy.
5. Philippe Starck Ghost Chair
Compared to some of the other chairs we’ve chosen, the Ghost chair by Philippe Starck is positively a baby. This chair was designed in 2002 for Kartell, but it’s quickly become an iconic design and for good reasons. The chair design was inspired by 19th century furniture, but produced in a transparent, futuristic style using injected polycarbonate. The end result is a ghostly chair that’s perfect for a contemporary home, giving the illusion of taking up less space than other chairs, whilst also being durable and suitable for use inside or outside.
Do you own an original designer chair? Which of these iconic pieces is your favourite design? Share your thoughts and views in the comments below.
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