During its long history, furniture design has seen many trends, some lasting and some that are forgotten almost as soon as they emerge. There are also those that become instant classics — they make appearances in film, on television, and in magazines, they are replicated repeatedly, and they eventually end up on display in museums as icons of décor. Hundreds of extraordinary chairs have been created over time, but these modern masterpieces just never seem to go out of style.
Scroll through to discover 7 iconic chairs that turned the act of sitting into an art.
7. Barcelona Chair
Designed to serve as seating for the king and queen of Spain, the Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is a token of modern design. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite cut it as a throne and is now mostly found in office lobbies.
6. Wassily Chair
The Bauhaus is known for innovation in furniture design and the Wassily chair is one of many infamous pieces to arise from the movement. Designed by Marcel Breuer, the chair was inspired by the frame of a bicycle and was the first of its kind to utilize bent tubular steel.
5. Panton S
The fluid swoop of Vernor Panton’s Panton S chair epitomizes the space age, pop-art obsession of the 1960’s. The chair is now considered a modern classic, with one of its very first models on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
4. Ghost Chair
This postmodern spin on the traditional Louis XVI armchair has become a classic in its own right. Designed by Phillippe Starck for Kartell, the Louis Ghost chair is a sturdy piece of injection-molded polycarbonate that has become a favorite dining room chair, thanks to the countless imitations available online.
3. Egg Chair
The Egg chair is one of many big wins for Scandinavian design. Celebrated as a pioneer of modernism, the egg-shaped chair by Arne Jacobsen is everything a chair should be — comfortable, functional, and stylish.
2. Eames Molded Plastic Chair
The world can never have enough Eames. Charles and Ray Eames originally made the iconic chair out of metal, then fiberglass, but it wasn’t until after their death that the matte finish they had always desired was achieved through the use of recyclable polypropylene.
1. Model 3107 Chair
Last but definitely not least, is another masterwork by Arne Jacobsen. Having recently celebrated its 60th birthday, the Model 3107 chair is beloved for the way it seamlessly melds with any interior. It also happens to be one of the most replicated chairs in the world.