Collection by Kate Santos

A History of Modern Chairs


The best way to gain perspective on the aesthetics of a given era is by examining the product designs of the time. To that end, what better piece to examine then one of the most widely-ignored but ever-present? Take a trip down memory lane as we trace the history of modern chairs.

Anonymous, plastic and cheap, the monobloc can be found on many front porches, beachside cabanas and cookouts around...
Charles and Ray Eames are two of the most famous chair designers in the world.
The original Emeco Navy 1006 (pronounced "ten oh six") chair caught the attention of famous modernist architects...
Olivier Mourge’s 1965 Djinn chair was used in the set design for Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space...
The company marketed Eero Aarnio’s 1966 Ball Chair as a meditative “room within a...
The world's first mass-produced beanbag chair reinvented conventional forms of sitting.
Mezzadro seat. Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (1924).
Saarinen Tulip Chair from...
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