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                                                          Online gallery
                                                          London’s Design Museum is running
                                                          an online gallery,’ A Century of Chairs’,

Tree Trunk Bench by Jurgen Bey, 2000                                                                             1000 Chairs
Jurgen Bey teaches at the Design Academy, Eindhoven, designing for                                               A rigorous survey of the last 150
public spaces, interiors, and applied art. Analyzing contents, and the                                           years of chairs. Writers Charlotte
relationship between content and form, his designs support stories,                                              and Peter Fiell argue that, as well
seducing visitors and stimulating interaction between the visitor,                                               as being an icon of identity, the chair
product, and story.                                                                                              is a form through which designers                   Wire Mesh Chair by Charles and Ray Eames, 1951-1953                   Flex                                            Buy Me,                                                                             engage in social, political, and even               Any look at iconic chairs wouldn’t be complete without                Working prototype from UK designer              This cool plywood ‘Buy Me’ Chair from
                                                                                                                 ergonomic rhetoric.                                 either an Eames or Le Corbusier. We’ve chosen the                     Steve Watson. A cold-formed, natural            Marian Lassak at ComuniStar features
                                                                                                                 Published by Taschen.                               former. After successfully producing iconic chairs from               satin finish aluminium frame upholstered        a bar code which creates the structure
                                                                                                                                                                     plywood and fibreglass, the Eames couple moved their                  with neoprene sheet.                            of the backrest. The young Slovakian

You are what you sit
                                                                                                                                                                     focus to the design of wire mesh chairs made from bent                                  designers state their mission to become
                                                                                                                                                                     and welded steel. By doubling the gauge of the steel for                                                              the “commissary of a new original design
                                                                                                                                                                     the rim of the chair, they developed a light, airy piece of                                                           identity from the former eastern bloc
                                                                                                                                                                     furniture, which was also extremely robust. The ‘Eiffel                                                               countries.” Fortunately their work is
Few objects can tell the story of modern design                                                                                                                      Tower’ pylon legs are beautiful.                                                                                      a lot more fun and fresh than it sounds.
as eloquently as the chair. Aesthetic trends,
manufacturing techniques, ergonomics, and even
social and cultural developments have shaped the
evolution of chair design. Here, we take a look at
classic chairs, as well as some of the latest designs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tag’Liatelli by Quinze and Milan, 2004
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Constructed of hand-wound strands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of QM foam (resembling Tagliatelle)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   by designer Arne Quinze; each piece
                                                                                                                                                                     Navy Chair, 1944                                              is a one-off, and available in 24 Pantone
                                                                                                                                                                     Lightweight, corrosion-resistant, strong,                     colours.
                                                                                                                                                                     and maintenance-free are a few of the                - US$3,795
                                                                                                                                                                     reasons the US Navy started using this chair
The Bubble Chair by Eero Aarnio, 1964                The Bibendum Chair by Eileen Gray, 1920                  (above)                                                on boats and submarines in 1944. Wilson
Patrons of the Sea Lounge at The Fortress,           Designed in the early 1900s this classic was             Memo bean bag by Inflate and Ron Arad, 1999            ‘Bud’ Dinges, a master tool- and die-maker                    Desk Chair No. 9 by Thonet, c.1905
Koggala, can be found sipping dry martinis in        largely forgotten until an original surfaced in a        British designer Nick Crosbie and Royal College        and skilled engineer for Emeco, designed                      Developed as a comfortable, inexpensive
the clear version of this icon. Eero Aarnio’s 1963   1972 auction prompting a new production. Named           of Art (London) department head Ron Arad worked        this with Alcoa, the makers. Its one-piece                    desk chair, the No. 9 – or Vienna Chair –
Ball Chair (shown) is secluded, while the Bubble     after Bibendum, the character immortalized as the        together to rethink the Transformer seat, which        welded aluminium construction is done                         went on sale in 1902. It attained iconic
is open and inviting, though both are quiet once     Michelin tyres logo, it is finished in stainless steel   Ron had developed in the 1980s. The seat is in the     by hand and requires exactly 77 steps. In                     status when the architect Le Corbusier
inside. As Aarnio himself noted, “There is no nice   and full grain Italian leather.                          form of an airtight bag with an adjustable valve and   continuous production since being unveiled,                   chose it to furnish his Pavilion de l’Esprit
way to design a transparent pedestal” – lucky for    £425.00                        styrene beads inside to add rigidity once inflated.    today its versatile design and functionality                  Nouveau at the 1925 Exposition
him it’s perfectly suited to being suspended from                                                              £90.00                              seem more relevant than ever.                                 Internationale des Arts Décoratifs
above. Ball Chair $569.00, Bubble £849.00                                                                                                                   - US$385.00                               in Paris.

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