Modern Chairs Design By Modernist Architects
Fauteuil a Grand Comfort. Design: LeCorbusier.
A common (although mis-guided) knock on much modern furniture is that it focuses far too much on form and too little on function– specifically comfort. The Le Corbusier LC2 Petit Modele Armchair is what Le Corbusier called a “cushion basket”, and comfortable is probably the best word to describe it. The leather-lined cushions sink under your weight, molding around you while providing plenty of support. Designed in 1928, the LC2 has earned itself a spot around the table of the most iconic modern chairs in the last century. You can get one today, reproduced by Cassina Italy for around $3,500.
Saarinen Tulip Armchair Knoll
Designed by Eero Saarinen
“The underside of typical chairs and tables makes a confusing, unrestful world,” explained Saarinen. “I wanted to clear up the slum of legs.” The result…the pedestal collection. First manufactured in 1957, the Saarinen Tulip Chairs are available with your choice of seat cushion upholstery or full inner shell upholstery. The chairs come in White and Black, as well as with a swivel option.
The Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Chair
Starting out strong, the Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe is one of the most iconic chairs of the modern movement, a Bauhaus-era classic that is cherished the world over. The Barcelona Chair was designed in 1929 by Mies van der Rohe for display at the German Pavilion in Barcelona, then part of the International Exposition. Today, nearly 80 years later, an official Barcelona Chair produced by Knoll will run you around $6,300 at retail, making it a pricey piece of art for your living room or office.
The Eames Molded Plywood Chair
The duo of Charles and Ray Eames is among the most revered names in the world of modern furniture, having perfected a Dutch-inspired signature of fine, molded wood furniture. Their Molded Plywood Lounge Chair is arguably the greatest pure wood piece of the modern movement, having maintained popularity to this day since its creation in 1946. Charles and Ray-Bernice Eames married in 1941, spending the better part of their partnership creating a body of work respected as legendary in the world of furniture.
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