Sitting Pretty: 5 Iconic Chairs

Date posted: November 8, 2012

Combine sophistication and functionality with these 5 iconic chairs which have transformed the face of furniture design and inject a new lease of life into your home…

These pieces are replicas of timeless classics that won’t fall out of fashion.  From simple to chic, modern to practical, they are a wonderful investment that will make a distinct impact in your home.

Style Side Chair Double Cushion, Harry Bertoia

Style Side Chair Double Cushion - Harry BertoiaIn the 1950s, Italian-born designer Harry Bertoia worked without constrains like many other designers of the time.  He experimented with industrial materials such as chromed steel wire rods with the aim of fusing art with functionality and style.

The results were a great success, the classic Bertoia seating collection was born and this has ever since had a significant impact on furniture design.  The Style Side Chair was part of this iconic collection of the 1950s.  Made from a wired chromed steel frame and leather look seat-pad, this piece is both stylish and strikingly modern. Despite its fragile and delicate appearance, this chair is in fact extremely strong, durable and this replica is emblematic of Bertoia’s designs. This is what designer furniture is all about.

Carefully crafted with a double cushion and charming meshing, this sleek, modern piece is a fantastic addition to an entertaining or dining space.

Tulip Armchair Plastic, Eero Saarinen

Tulip Armchair Plastic - Eero SaarinenThe Tulip Armchair is reminiscent of a Tulip due to its shape and one leg similar to that of a stem.  The designer, Eero Saarinen constructed this piece with only one leg attached to a base as he wanted to achieve a simplified and uncluttered structure.  Made in 1955, this award-winning design has stood the test of time and remains an iconic and ground-breaking piece.

This futuristic piece was considered pioneering for its experimental use of new materials and is considered a classic of industrial design.  This reproduction has an ABS plastic seat, cast aluminum base, swivel function, thick, comfortable removable seat pad and zip-able cushion cover, which is easily washable.

S Chair Fiberglass, Verner Panton

S Chair Fiberglass - Verner PantonThe S Chair, Panton Chair or Stacking Chair, as it is otherwise known was created in 1960 and was later remade in 1967 using fiberglass.  Designed by Danish Designer, Verner Panton, a highly influential furniture and interior designer, this chair was and still is considered truly innovative as it was the first of its kind to feature a single molded structure that was strong enough to stand on its own.

Due to the exquisitely designed framework, this enabled Panton to push the boundaries even further and craft a piece so pioneering that it would be used as a source of inspiration for years to come.  The fluidity of the structure and the curved surface in conjunction with the glossy quality of the fiberglass makes this replica super stylish and extremely practical for your home.

This chair is also versatile as it is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, doesn’t have to be assembled and would look great in any bedroom, living room, or even your dining room.

Ghost Armchair, Philippe Starck

Ghost Armchair - Philippe StarckPhilippe Starck is a contemporary French product, interior and furniture designer.  He is one of the most recognized designers in his field and his portfolio of work boasts icons such as the Louis and Victoria Ghost Chairs.  The Ghost Armchair was originally produced by Starck for Kartell, an Italian Manufacturer.

Starck was inspired by all things to do with fashion and novelty and the shape of this chair is loosely based on the lavish 18th century design of the Louis XV armchairs without the embellishments.  This design is an amalgamation of authentic, historical style with modern, avant-garde materials.  This piece received extensive critical acclaim upon its release and has been considered highly innovative due its daring use of Ghost is the most daring use of polycarbonate in a single mold.

What is great about these Baroque style chairs is that they are highly durable, easily cleaned and practical whilst up to 7 of these chairs can be stacks one on top of the other.  A true feat of exquisite design and functionality.  Despite its translucent and crystalline appearance, the Ghost Armchair is in fact sturdy, shock, scratch and weather resistant and would look fantastic at a dressing table.

Ball Chair, Eero Aarnio

Ball Chair, Eero Aarnio

The Ball Chair has become a modern cult classic and a fine example of the sort of luxury seating that has been popular for decades. This chair is a room within a room – great for some private time, reading a book or making a phone call.  Due to its ball shape, outside noise is significantly filtered creating a calm and cosy atmosphere to relax.  This chair can turn around on an axis on its base and therefore you can move towards or away from people depending on your desired mood.

This innovative and stylish piece is both comfortable and practical due to the durable and authentic quality materials which are used to produce it.  This inspired reproduction would look great in a living space to create a quirky, fun feel.


Guest post by: Rebecca is an interior design enthusiast, frequently writing about new ways to brighten up your home. Chairs from SwivelUK.

Written by

Chris is an internet marketer in the home decor industry who enjoys interior design, DIY tips, and making spaces more inviting in general. Follow him on Google, Twitter, or Pinterest.

No Comments Yet.

Leave a Reply