We love to make a statement in a room to make it feel unique and not straight out of Decor 101. Incorporate a bold contemporary piece of art in a traditional room, or a large old masters reproduction in a modern room or add one of these chairs to any decor to kick it up a notch.
Iconic modern chairs have a history rooted in the 1940's-60's and have become classic over time, yet still they remain viable in contempory decor today.
Let's look at some of these brilliant designs:
1: The Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen
2: The Bertoia Chair designed in 1952 by Italian furniture designer Harry Bertoia.
3: The Papa Bear Style chair, by Danish designer Hans J Wegner
4: LC3 Chair by Le Corbusier
5: The Eames lounge chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames
6: The Swan Chair by Arne Jacobsen
7: The Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer
8. The LCW Plywood Chair by Charles and Ray Eames
Here is my favorite iconic modern chair, the Barcelona Chair, by Mies van der Rohe, who designed this chair in 1929 for the king and queen of Spain. It also won the Museum of Modern Art Award in 1977.
Some sources for original or reproduction mid century modern chairs and other furnishings are Design Within Reach, Thrive, All Modern, IFN Modern, Modern Mobler, Acme, Kardiel, One Kings Lane and of course Ebay, Craigslist, local classifieds and estate sales. With these favorites on your radar you may find the deal of the century in an unsuspecting place. I know I have passed up some that I now regret.
Do you have any favorite places to shop for modern chairs?