Today, we look at chairs.
Let’s start with Eames (Charles and Ray). Their ubiquitous plastic molded every-chair. Who has not come across this chair in their lifetime? Originally introduced at MOMA in 1948, this chair has stood the test of time, with numerous variations of the original; stacking, rocking, arms, no arms, wood legs, metal legs, Eiffel Tower base, standard base…These chairs are still readily available and still affordable by designer standards. For more about Charles and Ray Eames, and their classic molded chair, click HERE
Now, on to the Finn Juhl Chieftains chair, circa 1949. Now THAT’S a chair! Teak and leather, it’s an example of how less-than classic lines can be as timeless as the rest of them.
Finn Juhl was one of the first internationally recognized furniture designers. Unlike most of his contemporaries, his designs followed form over function, thereby creating relatively unusual and more sculptural designs as the one seen here.
Wegner. Another mid-century designer most famous for his chairs, he once stated, “A chair is to have no backside. It should be beautiful from all sides and angles.”
Wegner’s rope chair:
His Wishbone chair: Offering an incredible introduction to color to mid-century design, this chair is still available in a multitude of both bright and subtle hues.
“The Chair”. Without even knowing it, this is the chair we think of when we think of mid-century furniture. So simple, so clean, so perfect.
Okay, so you may see there is a trend here. Yes, they’re all mid-century, and most of them are Danish. Coincidence? Probably not. Let’s just say there was something going on in furniture during the mid part of the last century. The Danes especially took hold of the aesthetics of the period and ultimately became famous for it. For more information on the above chairs, their designers and mid-century design, go to: Scandinaviandesign.com and eamesdesigns.com