Everyone has their own favourite classic designer chair – whether it’s the sleek Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Chair (now sold exclusively by Knoll, the steel-encased leather seating of the Corbusier Petit Confort chair or Verner Panton’s classic cantilevered S-shaped version (and now sold by Vitra) – catching sight of it makes us feel happy.
Here at NW3Interiors we have our own current top 5 chairs that delight us at every turn.
Vitra DSM Chairs
Why do we love the DSM chair by Charles and Ray Eames so much? Well, the chrome legs are pretty impressive (this initially resulted in it being called the ‘Eiffel’). We also like the seat itself. Made from polypropylene, it was originally constructed from fibreglass. It came to market in 1948 with a choice of four colours, today there are far more we’re delighted to say.
Knoll Tulip Armchair
Designed by Eero Saarinen, back in the late 1950s, the Tulip Chair was a response to what the designer saw as “the slum of legs.” It comes either with or without arms and in various textiles. The American-Finnish designer and architect, who famously designed the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport, knew what he was doing when it came to chairs – he also produced the Grasshopper and the Womb chair.
Fritzhansen Series 7
Designed by Arne Jacobsen (he of the iconic ‘Egg’ chair), the Series 7 chair comes in a lacquered or upholstered finish. Designed in 1955, the chair is four-legged and stackable. It’s actually a redesign of an earlier model by Jackobsen called Ant. An interesting aside is that this was the chair Christine Keller posed naked on in 1963 for ‘that picture’ – the image made famous following the Profumo Affair in the early 1960s.
Knoll Bertoia Side Chair
A designer with a love for sculpture and knowledge of metalwork and ergonomics, Harry Bertoia was always going to come up with something stunning design-wise. And in 1952 it was his iconic wire side chair. The chairs are available padded and unpadded although the designer preferred the latter, having once commented: “If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them.”
Carl Hansen Wishbone chair
And finally, we’re finishing off this post with a nod to the work of Danish designer Carl Hansen and his Wishbone chair of 1949. Another iconic number, the chair was inspired by a set of antique Chinese armchairs, and is famous for its comfort – even after an hour or two. Wegner was a fan of using simple design to create sculptural beauty. As far as we’re concerned, he certainly achieved that here.
Do any of the above make your heart race? Which one?