Monday, February 23, 2015

Add a modern chair and you're up to date!

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?


  1. All wonderful chairs! The Bertoia, Eames, and Barcelona are my favorites of the bunch!

  2. The Wassily and the Barcelona are my two faves ... love this round up!

  3. In Mod is a great source! It's a life goal to own an Eames Lounger at some point.

  4. I LOVE all these chairs!! I think they are all my favorites. :)

  5. I've always loved The Barcelona, we always have great MCM chairs show up on our Craigslist, but they're $$$!

  6. My hubby still does not have an office chair for his desk. I keep hoping to find a chair like my dad had in his office, not sure but some kind of mid century danish modern?..that I used to think was so ugly

  7. The Bertoia chair is my fav. I think it always looks great in any setting! Great post!!

  8. Excellent post. A lot of these chairs are available at Emfurn for half the price. Check em out!


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