Icons of modern design
Classic & stylish furniture design
Each designer has that one piece of furniture that either made them famous or has become synonymous with their name. We are taking a closer look at these icons of furniture that has well and truly inducted these designers into the design ‘Hall of Fame’. These classic designs have helped inspire numerous other designs and it is a compliment to the level of skill and ingenuity that went into the original versions of their designs.
Arne Jacobsen - The Egg Chair
As one of the most influential designers to come out of Denmark, Arne Jacobsen has designed a series of elegant furniture but his most important contribution to the design world is his Egg Chair. Originally designed for the SAS Hotel in Copenhagen, this is a creation that fits perfectly with the traditional minimalism of Scandinavian style.The fluid shape and stunning profile of the Egg Chair is Jacobsen’s most loved design and it is easy to see why it is so popular. Soft and comfortable, the Egg Chair can be used all over the home as a private relaxation retreat.
Charles Eames - The Lounge Chair
Quite possibly one of the most famous and recognisable chairs of all time, Charles and Ray Eames created the Eames Lounge Chair as part of their Plywood Group. A sleek plywood shell is matched with a luxury soft leather seat for maximum comfort, it is the ideal chair for relaxing in at home. It has appeared on countless TV shows and movies and essentially became an icon for stylish home design. The close attention to detail in the Eames Lounge Chair confirms it as a classic piece of furniture design.
Eero Saarinen - The Tulip Chair
Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Chair design stemmed from the designer’s motivation to improve the aesthetic of the traditional chair. Describing chairs under tables as a ‘slum of legs’, the graceful Tulip Chair was a succinct design with only one supporting leg instead of the traditional four legs. Originally designed in 1958, the shape of the chair is organic and slender, like its name suggests, but the design was appreciated for its retro modern style.
Hans J. Wegner - The Y Chair
The special skill set that made Hans J. Wegner such a distinguished designer was his ability to work with wood. After training as a cabinet maker, the raw and uncomplicated nature of Wegner’s designs achieved international appreciation. The Y Chair, or Wishbone Chair as it is also known due to the wishbone shaped back support, is a beautifully crafted wooden chair with a focus on displaying the organic elements of the design. A timeless design, the Y Chair is a comfortable seat that can be used throughout the home.