I have a secret. Over the past year or so, since moving into my new home, I have developed a chair fetish. It is not something I am proud of but a few of the chairs I aspire to own are all designer and all completely out of my price range! Below are my particular favourites. Some of them are classics and some of them are new collections that will probably become classics soon. All of them, in my humble opinion, would look stunning either as an accent chair or lined up in a row adorning a lovely dining table. Its actually interesting to see how some of the chairs relate to one another; although designed in different decades, the popular shell shapes of days gone by still feature today in new designs such as MDF Italia’s Flow Chair (number 4).
2. The Eames DSW (Dining Side Shell Wood) is a contemporary version of the legendary fibreglass chair that was first presented at the Museum of Modern Art’s competition ‘Low-Cost Furniture Design’ in 1948. It was discontinued in 1993 as fibreglass cannot be recycled; however this contemporary re-edition from Vitra is made from recyclable polypropylene.
3. B Chair Oak Designed in 2010 by Konstantin Grcic. Crafted from a solid oak frame and a stained oak veneer seat with aluminium underside. Handsome in its pure simplicity, and extremely functional with its understated X-shaped frame, the B chair folds neatly to enable horizontal stacking. Available at Conran.
4. Flow Chair by J.M Massuad at MDF Italia. A polycarbonate shell optionally completed with upholstery in fabric or leather.
5. Jean Prouvé 1934 Standard Chair with Cream or Natural Oak Seat. Prouvé practised a sort of functionalist furniture design that, is often found in French schools.
6. Gray 23 by Paola Navone for Gervasoni. Chair in walnut / oak, optional seat cushion in polyurethane foam.
7. Xavier Pauchard 1934. Powder-coated steel. The original was supplied to cafes and brasseries by drinks manufacturers anxious to secure customer loyalty.
Despite chairs 4 & 6 by MDF Italia and Gervasoni. All other chairs are available at Conran where you can find more info …and me pretending I live there.