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The Greatest Chairs

The Greatest Chair In The World
The Greatest Chair In The World

The Eames Lounger

Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman

The Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman, correctly titled Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671), were released in 1956 after years of development by designers Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company. It was the first chair the Eames designed for a high-end market. These furnishings are made of molded plywood and leather. Examples of these furnishings are part of the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

The chair is composed of three curved plywood shells. In modern production the shells are made up of seven thin layers of wood veneer glued together and shaped under heat and pressure. This differentiates the newer chairs from the “original” (vintage) chairs which used Brazilian rosewood veneers and were constructed of five layers of plywood. Also differentiating the very earliest sets from newer sets were rubber spacers between the aluminum spines and the wood panels first used in the earliest production models and then hard plastic washers used in later versions. In the earlier sets, the zipper around the cushions may have been brown or black as well, and in newer sets the zippers are black. The shells and the seat cushions are essentially the same shape: composed of two curved forms interlocking to form a solid mass. The chair back and headrest are identical in proportion, as are the seat and the Ottoman.

The Panton chair

Verner Panton, 1959-1960

Verner Panton was one of the most influential designers of the 1960s and ’70s. Born in Denmark, Panton relocated to Switzerland in the early 1960s. He became known for his original and imaginative designs in the fields of furniture, lighting and textiles. Installations such as the legendary ’Visiona’ exhibition demonstrated Panton’s masterful use of colour, a hallmark of his work.

Lloyd Loom Barnes armchair   

The Lloyd Loom process was invented in 1917 by the American Marshall B. Lloyd, who twisted kraft paper round a metal wire, placed the paper threads on a loom and wove them into what was to become the traditional Lloyd Loom fabric. Lloyd Loom chairs quickly became very popular in the United States and in 1921, Marshall B. Lloyd sold his patent to an English manufacturer, which used Lloyd Loom in an original manner to create a collection of typical English furniture. Lloyd Loom was soon all the rage in Europe.

S - Chair di Cappellini

An all time classic design – Tom Dixon’s ‘S’ Chair

Van der Rohe chair Mies van der Rohe

Van der Rohe  chair Mies van der Rohe
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Van deer Rohe chair

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Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe.
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Made of individual leather squares of finest aniline leather

75 x 75 x 75 cm 


History of Design: Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer

The first time I encountered the Wassily chair was at the age of 15 visiting Joseph Dixon, the then head of textiles at Camberwell school of art.

“I love this chair…”

“It’s a Wassily… do you know the Wassily?”

“Nope”

Bauhaus!… you must learn about Bauhaus … a great school- sit in it – go on it’s the most comfortable chair in the world!”

I did. It is.

The Wassily Chair was first built in 1926, by Marcel Breuer at the Bauhaus institution in Dessau, Germany.  Breuer found his inspiration for the chair in the bent form of a bicycle handlebar, available for the first time in steel due to a development in technology.  The German steel manufacturer Mannesmann had developed a process to produce seamless steel tubing, the first to allow tubes to be bent without breaking at the seam.  Breuer’s Adler bicycle featured such tubing, which inspired the designer to employ this material in furniture.

The Wassily Chair was originally known as the Model B3 Chair, but was later marketed as the Wassily Chair after a story about Breuer’s friend and colleague at Bauhaus, artist Wassily Kandinsky.  After first producing the Model B3 Chair prototype, Kandinsky was so enthralled with the chair that Breuer decided to produce another for Wassily Kandinsky himself.  This friendship, and the later popularity of Kandinsky led the producers of the Model B3 Chair to change its name to the now famous Wassily Chair.

After going out of production for a number of years, the Wassily Chair was produced again shortly after World War II.  The original Model B3 Chair featured a fabric seat, back and arm rests, but the re-introduced version was also available in white, black or brown leather.  This design remains today, where it is still in production by Knoll Furniture and knocked off by many other producers.

The Wassily Chair is a classic like none other.  Its design remains progressive even in comparison to the design world’s latest furniture.  Its build is complex in appearance but simple in construction, a contrast which has earned its place in museums throughout the world, and in thousands of modern-minded homes.  We have a pair here at TheCoolist, and we can say without a doubt that the Wassily Chair is one of history’s greatest pieces of modern furniture.  Marcel Breuer may have passed in 1981, but we believe his legendary piece of furniture will never lose its relevance to the world of modern design.

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