The chair as a piece of furniture has existed for more than three hundred years, but in the 20th century it has undergone the most grandiose changes. New materials, technologies, freedom of creativity gave rise to unique models, which today are commonly called design icons. Designer chairs are collected, invested in, admired. They are the decoration and distinction of any upscale interior. Let’s see what is the reason for this success.

Kasha Paris

The LC2 pipe armchair was introduced as a new luxury item in 1929 in Paris. The armchair was signed by triple authorship Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand (although in fact only Charlotte was the author). She designed a chair, where inthe first in the history of furniture creation, the frame is taken out, and not hidden inside. It is formed by steel tubes that hold nothing fixed pillows. Since 1965, the rights to replicate the legendary chair have belonged to Cassina.

Kasha Paris

Despite being revolutionary, the LC2 chair continues the tradition of the late 19th century club chair. Its main advantage was considered to be the convenience of conducting a conversation when gentlemen gathered to discuss important issues. Hence the low back (67 cm), slightly tilted forward.

Comfort is provided by elastic cushions covered with leather or fabric. In such a chair it is really convenient to talk with the interlocutor opposite. So paired chairs LC 2 ideal for the living room. The colored upholstery offered by Cassina for this model allows you to personalize the LC2 chair in a certain way. In the classic version, it is black, but yours can be both red and green.

CORE Architects

2. Bibendum
A very feminine armchair with the masculine name Bibendum. Bibendum the protagonist of a Michelin advertisement since 1898, be it tires or a restaurant guide. His inflatable costume “in sausages” became the prototype of the armchair of the same name. Bibendum was born as part of the furnishing of the Parisian house of the famous milliner Madame Mathieu Levy in 1926. Armchair author -fIrish-born French designer Eileen Grey. Unlike Le Corbusier, who promoted the house as a “machine for living”, Eileen, in a feminine way, presented the house as a shell of a person.


The chair has a rather low seating position. only 40 cm from the floor level. The Bibendum looks like it was made to sit in the most elegant way. In addition, such a landing assumes that the surrounding objects will by height» Bibendum. A low coffee or coffee table will do the job perfectly. Today, the name Madame Levy and her fashionable hats have sunk into oblivion, while the Bibendum has remained as a canonical example of 20th century design. production rights Bibendum are owned by Classicon.

Chloe Warner

3 Egg Chair
Egg Chair or Egg Chair design interpretation of an 18th century chair that went down in history as an armchair with ears or “Voltaire“. 200 years ago, warmed and protected from drafts. The same security goal was pursued by Aarne Jacobsen, ineminent Danish architect, author Egg Chair. sitting in a chair,man must feel private and protected although located in public space. After all, initially chair was intended for the lobby of the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. However, rather quickly, the egg chair moved into a private interior.

The organic shape of the chair seems to hug a person. And the high back, turning into the “ears” at the head, relieves tension in the neck. “Egg” is appropriate in the living room, and in the bedroom, and in the dining room. The sculptural form and significant size of the chair (width – 3 m, height – 1 m) require a special place in the interior.

The model looks best in free space. Ideal Neighborhood an elegant accessory, whether it be a floor vase or a floor lamp. Pair options should be considered with a large room area and high ceilings, as in a hotel lobby. Today, the Egg Chair is manufactured by Fritz Hansen. There are more than five items in the color palette of upholstery (fabric or leather), from classic sand to avant-garde red.

Anna Evstigneeva

4. Proust
Armchair Proust one of the most interesting examples of “playing the classics”. In fact, we have a bergère a deep lounge chair with armrests and a high back on curved cabriole legs, which became widespread in France in the 18th century. Alessandro Mendini, author of the armchair and a design legend of the 20th century, completed it with rococo carvings and impressionist paintings. As a result, historical ingredients, correctly formulated and mixed, gave a relevant product for all time. And the Proust chair will be 40 years old next year.

Anna Evstigneeva

The chair is very bright, with its own character, and requires special treatment. It can be compared with a painting by Paul Signac. The painting of the armchair and the ornament of the upholstery reproduce the “dotted” style of painting by the French artist. So in the interior it can be perceived as an original dominant, and already around it to build mise-en-scenes.

Anna Evstigneeva

At the same time, the Proust armchair can be substituted with other pieces of furniture of different styles. The chair is so self-sufficient that it can withstand any competition. But in this case, try not to cross the line where kitsch begins after mixing styles. Since 1994, the Proust armchair in fabric and wood has been manufactured by Cappellini.

Laetitia Le Mouel

5Diamond Chair
Rigidity and comfort -these Mutually exclusive concepts combines the Diamond chair. Its strong and stable wire frame is made using spot welding technology from chrome-plated aluminum rods. Sculpture, plasticity of forms, as if copied from the isometry of the curves of the human body, and the rigidity of the frame provided the Diamond chair with the status of a design icon of the 20th century.


Harry Bertoia, the chair’s designer, sculptor and musician, said of his model in the 1950s: “Look, it’s like it’s made of thin air. Space goes right through it.”

Really wire “Diamond” does not clutter up the space, but rather transforms it. Through the structural lattice of the chair, the surrounding interior opens up new perspectives. The chair can change its image from sharp to softer: if desired, back and seat cushions are attached to the metal frame.

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In a word, the Diamond armchair is ready to give a classic interior a certain rigidity, and in the loft — Pemphasize his brutality. diamond chair an outstanding piece of furniture that can be seen in terms of both design and art.

It is no coincidence that Harry Bertoia’s model is on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA). The chair is owned by Knoll.

Anna Evstigneeva

6. Sacco
The Sacco bean bag (Italian for “bag”) has revolutionized furniture design. Comfortable as the most comfortable armchair, and bold as a bag in the front drawing room. It is no coincidence that the Sacco model appeared in 1968 in the wake of the overthrow of bourgeois foundations by students in favor of freedom and youth. Its authors young architects-designers Piero Gatti, Franco Teodoro and Cesare Paolini. The rights to produce Sacco have been owned by Zanotta since its inception.

Anna Evstigneeva

Sacco initiated the production of frameless furniture: the volume of the model is filled with foam plastic balls. Such furniture is versatile and informal. It can be put in the living room or nursery.

The seat in it suggests free postures and complete relaxation. The cover of the bag can be colored, plain or ornamental. Its design will set the tone for the entire interior or bring a bright accent. The only drawback of frameless furniture of this type — Andthe abrasion of the filling balls, so over time they need to be poured or changed.

Atelier Remy Giffon

7Eames Lounge Chair
Before us is an amazing example of the transformation of an office chair into a luxurious lounge chair for relaxing in a residential interior. It’s all about the ergonomic shape and exotic finishes. The Eames Lounge Chair appeared in 1956. The designers of the model, the spouses Charles and Ray Eames, found an interesting design solution: the back of the chair is connected to the seat only through the armrests, equipped with special neoprene washers. Such a movable design made it easy to adjust the chair for yourself. And the footrest turned the chair into a comfortable lounge chair.

Webber + Studio, Architects

The classic version of the chair is upholstered in solid leather, and the body is made of Brazilian rosewood veneer and black painted aluminum. The chair looks especially impressive in white leather. It is placed in the living room and bedroom, in the boudoir and in a private study, wherever there is a need to relax or work in comfortable conditions. Since its inception, the chair Eames Lounge Chair received the status of a museum exhibit and a solid investment. By its mere presence, an armchair raises the status of any interior. Today at Eames Lounge Chair two authorized manufacturers: companies Herman Miller and Vitra.

Style icons: Eames Lounge Chair

Arnaud Rinuccini

The Ribbon chair appeared in 1966 and went down in history as the most comfortable and extravagant. Its author, French designer Pierre Paulin, did not just come up with new forms, but experimented with materials: molded foam, which is used as a soft filling, and elastic stretch jersey, which is covered with a model. The structure of the chair is a metal frame with horizontal springs, folded like a ribbon. The footrest is made according to the same principle.


Sit in Ribbons it’s like taking part in an art installation, but at the same time feeling comfortable: the chair springs and responds to the movement of the body.

It is no coincidence that Pierre Paulin never tired of repeating that furniture should not only be comfortable and functional, but also friendly to people. Thanks to its extraordinary shape, Ribbon is appropriate in a modern modernist interior. Looks great surrounded by objects of contemporary art. However, in itself this chair is also a work of art: it can be found in the collection of the V&A Museum in Australia. And if you want to buy, then look in the collections of the Artifort company, with which the designer collaborated from 1958 until his death in 2009.


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