Even its most simplistic form, a chair is one of our most useful pieces of furniture. Incredibly functional, the humble chair has been raised to iconic levels thanks to the work of some of the 20th centuries greatest architects and designers. Here are our favourite, most iconic chairs of the 20th Century.
The Ray and Charles Eames Plastic Armchair, 1950:
The Ray and Charles Eames Plastic Armchair. This chair was born as part of the New York Museum of Modern Art competition, “Low Cost Furniture Design” It went on to sell millions, easy to see why.
Arne Jacobsen, Egg Chair, 1958:
Arne Jacobsen, Egg Chair Quite simply one of the most comfortable chairs on our list, and oh, this one’s a beauty.
LC3 Sofa Armchair, Le Corbusier, 1928:
LC3 Sofa Armchair, Le Corbusier, (The only chair on our list designed specifically for women. It occured to Corbusier that women often sit with their legs crossed and this chair is designed to allow women to do so with the most comfort. Gotta love that)
Barcelona Chair, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, 1929:
Barcelona Chair, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, one of the most recognisable items of furniture to ever have been created. Love.
Eames Lounge Chair, 1956:
Eames Lounge Chair, an instant classic, recognisable the world over, who doesn’t love this chair?
Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair, 1949:
Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair, inspired by a portrait of Danish merchants sitting in traditional Ming chairs, it’s a classic, and it’s beautiful.
The Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair, 1952:
The Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair, in Bertoia’s own words, “If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them.”
….And there you have it. The amazing adventures of the iconic (yet humble) chair.