Favorite Chairs

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By Lara Deam / Published by Lara Deam
Every other piece of industrial design is a pot or a dish or something insignificant. But when you have a chair, it's like a sculpture of a person: it's alive. It's big. You can't miss it. It's a 'look at me!' item. -Charles Pollock
Favorite Chairs - Photo 1 of 9 - Standard Chair (1934)<br><br>The French metalworker, furniture designer, and architect helped revolutionize the use of steel in architecture and prefab housing. Perhaps his most iconic piece of furniture, the Standard, is anything but—a delicate fusion of engineering and design skill. The curved steel legs, larger in the back due to Prouvé’s observation that the rear supports the brunt of a person’s weight, contrast well with two simple pieces of bent oak. <br><br>Image courtesy Galerie Patrick Seguin

Standard Chair (1934)

The French metalworker, furniture designer, and architect helped revolutionize the use of steel in architecture and prefab housing. Perhaps his most iconic piece of furniture, the Standard, is anything but—a delicate fusion of engineering and design skill. The curved steel legs, larger in the back due to Prouvé’s observation that the rear supports the brunt of a person’s weight, contrast well with two simple pieces of bent oak.

Image courtesy Galerie Patrick Seguin

Favorite Chairs - Photo 2 of 9 - Deck Chair by BDDW<br>

Deck Chair by BDDW


Favorite Chairs - Photo 3 of 9 - Marcel Wanders’s Knotted chair.

Marcel Wanders’s Knotted chair.

Favorite Chairs - Photo 4 of 9 - Jasper Morrison's Low Pad chair

Jasper Morrison's Low Pad chair


Favorite Chairs - Photo 5 of 9 - An early-edition Egg Chair, circa 1970, with original leather. By Arne Jacobsen.

An early-edition Egg Chair, circa 1970, with original leather. By Arne Jacobsen.


Favorite Chairs - Photo 6 of 9 - Piet Hein Eek's Oak Chair in scrap wood

Piet Hein Eek's Oak Chair in scrap wood

Favorite Chairs - Photo 7 of 9 - It requires roughly ten hours for a craftsman to weave paper cord across the curved frame of this oak Easy Chair (1950) by Hans Wegner before it’s complete. Another example of Wegner melding design and material without unnecessary fuss or adornment. Photo courtesy Carl Hansen &amp; Son.

It requires roughly ten hours for a craftsman to weave paper cord across the curved frame of this oak Easy Chair (1950) by Hans Wegner before it’s complete. Another example of Wegner melding design and material without unnecessary fuss or adornment. Photo courtesy Carl Hansen & Son.


Favorite Chairs - Photo 8 of 9 - The Cord Chair, by Jacques Guillon, is in production again for the first time in over fifty years.&nbsp;

The Cord Chair, by Jacques Guillon, is in production again for the first time in over fifty years. 



Favorite Chairs - Photo 9 of 9 - Posture Chair and Ottoman Set from Modern by Dwell Magazine, and at $269 the most affordable! &nbsp;

Posture Chair and Ottoman Set from Modern by Dwell Magazine, and at $269 the most affordable!