July 7, 2013

From a bright-hued chair to a vintage styled perforated number, take a peep at ten of our favorite seating choices with design in mind.

gray matter fifty chair

Fifty Chair

Fifty chair by Dögg & Arnved for Ligne Roset, $1,435 (chair), $525 (footstool) Inspired by Hans Wegner’s Flag Halyard chair from 1950, this pair of Danish designers created this outdoor set by weaving 1,148 feet of rope around a black steel frame with an upright back.

blue and gray fabric Aro chair by Capdell

Aro Chair

Valencia designer Carlos Tiscar makes joints a virtue in his perfectly round, barrel-shaped molded woo and fabric Aro chair by Capdell, a Valencia manufacturer. Aro's elegant wood legs contrast with taut, invisibly attached upholstery.

Feast in the House of Simon Chair by Fiftytwothousand

Feast in the House of Simon Chair

With its powder-coated frame, bright hue, and no-frills minimalist feel, the Feast in the House of Simon Chair designed by Mark Moskovitz is firmly planted in the present day. It might surprise you to learn, though, that it traces its roots to a 15th century oil-on-wood painting by Dutch artist Dieric Bouts.

Modern wooden rocking chair.

Olmstead Chair

God is in the details of this handmade lounge: The stretched leather is held together with bright turquoise cord, and the geometric fir wood frame is detailed with copper in the joints. 


Buckle Chair

The Buckle Chair in antiqued chestnut by Restoration Hardware has just the right balance of rich warm leather and clean lines making it a beautiful piece for accomplishing that vintage modern look. 

Tip Ton Chair by Barber Osgerby for Vitra

Tip Ton Chair

From start to finish, Tip Ton—made for use in educational environments—saw nearly 100 prototypes before its patented forward tilt was perfected. “We knew what the problems were but weren’t yet aware of the solutions,” says designer Edward Barber.

Blue club chair with piping

Club Chair

CB2 is a mainstay in terms of chic and affordable furnishings. It might surprise you to learn that many of their pieces are environmentally minded, like this club chair. Beneath its pale blue upholstery, you'll find a soy-based polyfoam and fiber filling, and a sustainably harvested hardwood frame.

magis easy chair raw

Easy Chair

Designed by Jerszy Seymour in 2004 / Polypropylene with fiberglass reinforcement.

Red Kelly chair by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Tacchini.

Kelly Chair

Influenced by the work of American painter Ellsworth Kelly, the Kelly chair references bright colors and irregular shapes seen in the artist’s abstract sculptures.

Perforated A chair

Perforated A Chair

A vintage style gets a modern touch—still hardy, now sheer, thanks to a buckshot blast of perforations.


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