You sit down on them every day, but how often do you really stop to look at chairs? If you’re like us you look at them a lot, because you appreciate great furniture design. But we’re willing to bet a lot of people don’t really notice. But you should take notice, because once you do, you’ll realize that there’s a lot of really cool chairs out there! That’s why today we’re going to take a look at some of the coolest lounge chairs we’ve seen.
Originally designed in the 1950s by Charles and Ray Eames this chair almost immediately became an icon of American design. The chair was born from their investigations into molding plywood and their desire to improve upon the lounge chair, a fixture in many American living rooms. Inspired by English club chairs Charles said that he wanted to create a modern version of that chair that had, “…the warm receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” Often referred to as the most comfortable chair ever made it’s still a favorite for mid-century modern enthusiasts.
Originally designed in 1963 by Finnish furniture designer Eero Aarnio this chair is famous for its unconventional shape. A classic of industrial design the Ball Chair has been featured in numerous movies and television shows. It is at once incredibly ‘60s in its style, but also futuristic due to its pod-like shape. Aarnio design the chair for his own home after realizing they had no proper big chair. The original had a red telephone on the inside, but some current versions include music integration instead.
Originally designed in 1928 by the trio of Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, and Pierre Jeanneret this chair is perhaps one of the most iconic Bauhaus designs. Following the idea that form and function should serve relaxation, the three created the chair which was later dubbed “the relaxing machine.” Appearing to float above its supports the design of the chair mirrors the curves of the body so that a nearly infinite amount of seating positions are possible, and all of them comfortable. The LC4 is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NY.
Originally designed in 1917 by Gerrit Rietveld this chair was one of the first explorations by the De Stijl art movement in three dimensions. The visual composition has been simplified to the vertical and horizontal, with only black, white, and primary colors being used. As such, the areas of color appear to float, giving the piece an almost transparent structure. The original model was made from unstained beech wood, and was not painted until 1920 when architect and fellow member of the De Stijl art movement Bart van der Leck suggested that bright colors be added. Surprisingly comfortable, the seat has been angled to provide the most comfort possible.
Originally designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen this chair has become an icon of Danish mid-century furniture. Created for the busy lobby of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen this sculpted chair anticipates the curves of the human body. Sticking to the edict of form follows function, Jacobsen embraced new materials that allowed him to shape fluid curves and single-piece molded shells. The chair is set on a rotating base which allows the sitter to swivel between conversations or more privacy. Similar to the Ball Chair, the Egg Chair is very much a piece that looks of its time but also futuristic.
This is just a sampling of some of the cool chair designs available out there. As technology continues to evolve I’m sure we’ll continue to see more and more unique and innovative furniture designs hit the market. Any chairs you think we should have included in the list? Let us know and we’ll consider them for a sequel to this post.