chairs

A chair is a type of seat that is usually made for one person. It has one or more legs, a flat or slightly angled seat, and a backrest. They can be made of wood, metal, or man-made materials, and they can be padded or upholstered in different colours and fabrics. Chairs have different styles. An armchair has armrests attached to the seat; a recliner is upholstered and has a mechanism that lowers the back and raises a footrest; a rocking chair has legs attached to two long, curved slats; and a wheelchair has wheels attached to an axis under the seat. (Wikipedia, 2012)

Marcel Bruer Cantilever Chair

Marcel Breuer’s Bauhaus minimalism redefined a household basic, making chairs light, strong, and simple by bending metal and combining it with canvas, caning, or leather. He was one of the first people to make chairs out of tubular steel, and his B5 chair is one of two groundbreaking Breuer chairs that were a big change from the overstuffed chairs of the Edwardian era and helped start a new way of looking at furniture. Read More →

Bar Stool with a couple socialising

Bar stools are comfortable, use space well, have unique styles, and offer more ways to make a home feel like a home. READ MORERead More →

Modern Plastic Furniture

The Origin of Plastic Furniture – most household items were not made of plastic until the 1920s and 1930s. LEARN MORERead More →

Chair no.14 by Michael Thonet

Bentwood furniture was not invented by Michael Thonet (1798-1871), but he perfected a method for mass production. In 1819, in Boppard, Germany, he opened his cabinetmaking business, and by 1840 he had invented the steam-softening technique for bending rods of hardwood into flowing yet structurally solid shapes. There are just six sections and screws in his all-time classic, Model No.14. Read More →

Misfits chair by Ron Arad featured image

Ron Arad is an Israeli industrial designer, artist, and architectural designer. He is professionally active in the United Kingdom. Israeli-born Arad studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Art in 1971 before moving to London in 1973 to study at the Architectural Association’s School of Architecture. From 1974 to 1979, he was one of Britain’s most globally known and individual designers.Read More →

Quinta Armchair by Mario Botta for Alias 1980s

Mario Botta’s chair Quinta (Fifth) shares the same obvious structural rigour and continuous frame as tubular-steel chairs designed in the 1920s. Read More →

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Francis Jourdain (1876 – 1958), the son of architect Frantz Jourdain, was born on November 2, 1876. His father created the Salon d’Automne collection. He benefited from his parents’ friendships with prominent intellectuals (ร‰mile Zola, Alphonse Daudet) and artists of the time (the circle of Alexandre Charpentier). Read More →

Ron Arad is an Israeli industrial designer, artist, and architectural designer. He is professionally active in the United Kingdom. Israeli-born Arad studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Art in 1971 before moving to London in 1973 to study at the Architectural Association’s School of Architecture. From 1974 to 1979, he was one of Britain’s most globally known and individual designers.Read More →

Tulip Armchair by Eero Saarinen (1957)

Saarinen faced the problem of trying to treat the leg structurally and visually as part of the reinforced-plastic moulded seat shell with the help of a research team from the Knoll firm led by Donald Petit. This issue had plagued him since he and Charles Eames conducted their first experiments with moulded seat shells.Read More →

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Bloemenwerf, Henry Van de Velde’s property outside Brussels, is the inspiration for this chair. Van de Velde planned and built the house and the interiorโ€”from the furniture to the wallpaperโ€”resulting in a holistic design that exemplified the concept of a Gesamtkunstwerk “total work of art”. Read More →

Thomas Molesworth armchairs

Molesworth ranch style furniture has inspired contemporary Western furniture designers such as Jim Covert, Jeff Morris and Marc Tagesger with its large brass pads, Native American motifs and wildfire imagery.Read More →

Dino Gavina

He founded the firm Gavina in Foligno in 1960 as a subsidiary of hisย Dino Gavina company. Architect-designer Carlo Scarpa was appointed its titular president. The designs of Franco Albini and the earlier 1920s models of Marcel Breuer were reproduced. Breuerโ€™s 1928 B32 chair, renamed Cesca (after Breuerโ€™s daughter Francesca), became highly successful in mass production and was followed by the reissue of the 1925 Wassily chair, 1924 Laccio tables, 1935 bentwood chaise, and 1955 Canaan desk.Read More →

Ray Eames

Ray Eames (b. Bernice Alexandra Kaiser 1912-88) was an American designer. She was born in Sacramento, California. She was the wife of Charles Eames. Read More →

Mezzadro Chair

Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni were not the first twentieth-century designers to consider the tractor seat in relation to sophisticated furniture production: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe used it for the Conchoidal chairs he conceived during the early 1940s. Read More →

Frame Chairs designed by Konstantin Achkov

The form of the chairs is influenced by traditional frame construction, like that of the Eiffel tower. Specific sides form the base, where every element of the furniture puzzle is assembled only using puzzle joints without glue, nails, screws or bolts.Read More →

Marc Newson Chair for Knoll

Honoring the cantilevered chairs of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Newson Aluminum Chair, 90 years later, is a forward-looking expression that synthesizes simplicity, material and precision, in the Modernist tradition.Read More →

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe featured image

Between 1905 and 1907, he worked as an apprentice to architect and furniture designer Bruno Paul in Berlin, where he studied wooden furniture design. He created furniture for all of his early homes, including the Werner residence.Read More →

Flashlights 1983 by Emilio Ambasz

Emilio Ambasz is an Argentinean who studied architecture at Princeton University from 1960 to 1965, worked at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York from 1970 to 1975 as Curator of Design arranged the landmark Italy: The New Domestic Landscape Exhibition in 1972.Read More →

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He established an office in Padua, where he became a founding member of Gruppo N in 1959. He experimented with programmed art and collaborated with Gruppo Zero in Germany, Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel in Paris (then known as Motus), and Gruppo T in Milan. Read More →

Eames Chair replica

First developed by lifelong couple and design partners Charles and Ray Eames in 1956, the lounge chair was the duoโ€™s interpretation of a 19th-century club chairโ€”designed to resemble a worn first basemanโ€™s mitt and made of high-quality materials like supple leather, wood veneer, and cast aluminum.Read More →