Welcome to the part of Arkitecture On Web dedicated to chair design! Here we put designer chairs under the magnifying glass and take an in-depth look at their signature design, materials and engineering.
Key tenet of chair design is, in fact, that chairs are more than just objects to comfortably sit on. Designer chairs are unique pieces of furniture which contribute firsthand into bringing to life an architectural vision.
No line, no choice of colour and material, is ever random. Every designer chair is conceived and crafted in order to engage in a meaningful dialogue with its surroundings.
In this section we look at how chair designers achieved this, both in the present and in the past.
About Designer Chairs
Chairs have been around since ancient Egypt, some 5000-ish years ago. For much of their existence they were regarded as luxury goods. Only rulers and nobles had the right to sit on chairs - and thrones, while common people had to make do with humble stools and benches, when not with the ground.
Then the industrial revolution(s) came along, and chairs became a mass-produced widely-available object across the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries. This prompted the birth of the designer chair as we know it today, starting with styles like Biedermeier and Art Nouveau.
From the Fifties onwards, mass production, low cost and high demand from the households, allowed chair designers to fully unleash their creativity, explore new materials and push existing boundaries: like in Charles and Ray Eames’ Lounge and Ottoman, Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair, Marcel Breuer’s Cesca Chair.
Many famous architects also stepped in the role of chair designers, as testament to the ongoing dialogue between architecture and chair design. Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona, Le Corbusier’s Grand Confort, Gehry’s Wiggle Side Chair, Rietveld’s Red Blue Chair, just to name a few examples.
Each designer chair is therefore a unique feat of engineering, design and usability, which is in constant dialogue with the architecture around it.
Take a look at what’s new about designer chairs here:
The Susana chair is the reinterpretation of an urban furniture that is part of the traditional expression of the Yucatan: the "trust chair", composed of two chairs facing each other, designed for couples so that they could look at each other and talk intimately but at a distance
The young emerging studio HamanishiDESIGN proceeds from the exploration of the potential of the object, with its characteristic experimental approach and gives life to Paraboloid: a chair that, thanks to a passionate formal and functional research enhances its aesthetic value and comfort
Serenity is the new one-piece console table, designed by duffy london studio, that defies gravity, invites contemplation and aims to create a sense of order in disorder, with its large geometric shapes balanced on top of each other
Designed by daneo design studios, the GUPPY ceiling lamp is an eye-catching avant-garde lighting fixture, its design inspired by the richly decorated scales and fins of the guppy fish and the Cubist movement of the 20th century
The Masquespacio Studio designs "Mas Creations" a customized high-end interior design for a more selective clientele but also a wide selection of products designed exclusively by their studio
A space with four transparent sides in the middle of the landscape where you can escape and dream. The project of this glass pavilion located in a beautiful garden was designed with the intent of breaking the physical limits of space and bringing to the extreme the architectural perception
Designer Sasha Bikoff designs the staircase in the famous Kips Bay Decorator Show House, a house dedicated to children, where every year famous designers transform the interior spaces. Colours, geometries and movement are the hallmark that the designer wanted to give to this project
Masquespacio confirms the collaboration with the Spanish brand Houtique through the creation of a new collection of upholstered seating inspired by the seventies, while introducing new materials such as gold painted metal
Luigi Brembilla disegna, con grande originalità, una nuova linea di scaldasalviette per Brem. Quadrati e rettangoli che si intersecano tra di loro danno vita ad un nuovo concetto di corpo scaldante, le "sculture da riscaldamento".
The Japanese designer Nendo starts from the exhibition "Akari Unfolded", which was held in New York at the Noguchi Museum, to reinterpret the works exhibited by six designers. The result are white acrylic light works that convey the idea of sculpted stone fragments
Massimiliano Locatelli, Locatelli Partners, presented 3D HOUSING 05, the first project in Europe of 3D home printed on site, which explores the infinite possibilities that 3D printers offer in the field of architecture and design
Zooco Studio presents its open space office where arched windows are the starting point for designing space through wooden furniture. The curved shape is highlighted by the wood while the white defines the minimal spaces, a contrast that generates movement.
X+Living creates the first Concept Store for the Zhuyeqing Tea brand. Taking the Chinese landscape paintings as a starting point, the furnishings take the shape of stylised mountains and clouds, thanks to the play of reflections created with the covering material
The New York-based CIVILIVN Studio has been hired by Newlab to transform 77 Washington, a building of almost 30,000 square metres, into dynamic workspaces, with distinct but always interrelated areas to encourage creative teamwork
The Phone Booths, designed by 100architects Studio, is aurabano furniture project promoted by MINI China through its Urban Matters platform, whose aim was to convert old phone booths into resting places.