10 Iconic Chairs That Revolutionized Furniture

Decorating a space is not easy. There are lots and lots of options in the case of every little detail. Take for example the chair. It’s such a simple and basic piece of furniture yet there are so many options to choose from. A good starting point in this case would be the range of iconic chairs that have changed furniture design as we know it. Once you see it becomes obvious why they are still so popular.

The Eames lounge chair and ottoman.

Because of their timeless beauty, the chair and ottoman can be used in both living rooms and offices

The elegance of these pieces makes them perfect for both traditional and modern homes

The Eames lounge chair and ottoman set is iconic and extremely popular. It was designed by Charles and Ray Eames and they have been the subject of documentaries and books. They are so popular because of their elegant design and great comfort level.{image from Aidlin}.

The Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Chair.

The stainless steel frame of the chair allows it to easily integrate in modern decors

The chair is not only stylish but also very comfortable

The Barcelona chair was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich and was first created for the German Pavilion for the International Exposition of 1929. The frame was redesigned in 1950 using stainless steel. The chair was manufactured in the US and Europe in limited production from the 1930s to the 1950s.{image source Rossingto and Feldman}.

The Eames molded plywood chair.

Simple and chic, the Eames plywood chair easily fits in any type of décor

Also known as the Eames Lounge Chair Wood (LCW) or Low Chair Wood , this piece was originally created by Charles and Ray Eames. It’s a low-seated easy chair that was designed using technology for molding plywood that the Eames developed before and during The Second World War.{image from site}.

The Risom lounge chair.

Because of the design, this lounge chair can be used both indoors and outdoors

The chair is both elegant and casual and it’s also a very comfortable piece

Designed by Jens Risom in 1941, this lounge chair is made of maple and walnut with cotton and nylon webbing. It has a simple and natural look that’s characteristic to Scandinavian design. The piece is currently manufactured by Knoll and is available in a variety of colors and fabrics.{image 1 and 2}.

The Butterfly chair.

The Butterfly chair is often used on terraces or in outdoor spaces

The Butterfly chair was originally designed by the Austral Group, in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1938. Later is has become a style, a type of chair also known as a BKF chair, named after the partners of the group which were Antonio Bonet, JuanKurchan and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy. But the original BKF chair was actually a modern update of the Paragon chair which was first made in the 1870s.

The Marcel Breuer Wassily Chair.

This chair fits nicely in both modern and contemporary interiors

The Wassily chair is also known as the Model B3 chair. It was designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925-1926 while he was the head of the cabinet-making workshop at the Bauhaus, in Dessau, Germany. Decades later the chair was re-released by an Italian manufacturer named Gavina and became known as simply “Wassily”.

The Adelta Ball Chair.

The Ball chair is unconventional but it’s also versatile and very cozy

The Ball chair is also an iconic piece of furniture and it was designed by Eero Aarnio in 1963. It has a fiberglass shell and comfortable upholstery and it’s currently being made in Finland by Adelta. The Ball chair was an unconventional piece of furniture when it was first designed and it’s still an eye-catching piece and a statement element.

Le Corbusier chaise longue.

The chair’s sculptural design gives it character and makes it stand out

This sleek piece was designed in 1928 by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand. Back then using tubular steel in furniture design was an innovation and this detail, along with the elegant design, made the chair very popular. The piece has is very comfortable and has remained an icon thanks to its elegance and timeless beauty.{image from site}.

The Swan chair.

Designed to fit any room

The Swan chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen back in 1958 for the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. It is now being manufactured by Danish firm Republic of Fritz Hansen. It is available in several types of leather and fabric upholstery but the base is always in satin polished aluminum.{image from Forma}.

Le Corbusier LC2 Petit Modele Armchair.

The armchair is suited for spacious living rooms with a sober décor

Designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, this armchair was an early expression of modern furniture design. It is being produced by Cassina and can still be seen in interior designs, the reason for that being the simplicity of its design, the clean lines and the comfort it offers.{image from Portal}.

Published by in Sofa and Chair, on March 15th, 2013


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