A Short Introduction to Designer Chairs
What separates designer chairs from regular ones you can buy at IKEA? When talking about designer chairs, we think about chairs designed by world-renowned artists, designers and architects and it is this fact that separates them from regular furniture pieces. Designer chairs are highly aesthetic despite being functional, and were designed with broader context in mind – how do they fit into different décor styles, what do they add to the room, what kind of expression is created through the language or shapes, lines, materials and colours.
While designer furniture isn’t strictly related to any country in particular, a large number of world-renowned furniture designers come from Denmark and other Nordic countries due to a long tradition of Scandinavian style and craftsmanship, as well as Danish Modern movement which strove to create unique and highly aesthetic yet functional and practical furniture that can be mass-produced and thus be available to the general public. Keep in mind that if you’re planning to buy a designer chair, you’re not simply paying for the name of the designer – on the contrary, designer chairs are known for their extremely high comfort, practical value and beautiful aesthetics.
With designer furniture, especially when it’s created in the spirit of Organic Functionality and Danish Modern, nothing has been left to chance and the designers have thoroughly thought about every single detail. Behind every designer chair in our offer, there are years of planning, testing and redrawing through which the original designer ensured lasting quality and timeless look of their creations. Thus, it is not without reason that the price exceeds that of the cheaper chairs which are made on assembly lines at factories.
We offer, among many others, these icons of Danish Modern and Organic Functionality:
- 'Egg', 'Swan', 'series 7' and other Arne Jacobsen icons
- All furniture icons by Hans Wegner
- Eames DSW; DSR etc. and Eames Lounge Chair
- General information about dining chairs
Designer Lounge Chairs for the Living Room
If you’re looking for an iconic and expressive lounge chair for your living room, there are several popular models which are worth mentioning. The classic and elegant Egg Chair and Swan Chair by Arne Jacobsen were originally designed for a stylish hotel lobby, but which also enrich the décor of many homes both in Denmark and around the world.
However, if you think Jacobsen’s designs are maybe to minimalistic and aren’t a good fit for your cosy and homey style, you might be more interested in something like Papa Bear Chair by Hans Wegner. This icon got its name from a review which described the experience of sitting in this lounge chair like “being hugged by a teddy bear”.
It’s not only the Danish designs that provide comfort and aesthetics at the same time. The lounge chair designed by the famous American duo, Charles and Ray Eames, is an example of an extremely comfortable chair which is perfect to relax in after a long day.
Leather Lounge Chairs
Many designer lounge chairs are made with leather upholstery, including the Swan, the Egg and the Eames Lounge Chair. Leather is very popular and widely used material today since it ensures that the chairs match with very common leather sofas. But, if you’re not into the somewhat cool feel of leather furniture, many of the models in our offer are also sold in fabric and cashmere versions.
Danish Design – Seminal Period
Danish furniture design indisputably played a major role in changing the way the general public views furniture, but also in the development of the furniture design on the international level. Names like Jacobsen, Wegner or Mogensen all received great critical acclaim and gained immense popularity throughout the world.
Functionalism of Danish Designer Chairs
The so-called Golden Age of Danish Furniture Design is the period between, approximately, 1930s and 1970s when a large number of iconic designer chairs and other furniture were produced. The 1950s decade was a seminal decade in the field and was marked by the increasing popularity of functionalist paradigm which, in terms of style, dominated the chair design. The designer chairs produced during this period are widely considered timeless classics which became synonymous with the mid-century modern furniture.
Functionalism was partly a stylistic break with the previous period, the Victorian era, where curlicues, ornaments and opulent details were in focus. In contrast, functionalism was more than just a visual style – it was equally an ideology. The ideas of rationality and progress strongly influenced functionalist paradigm and the designers were perhaps less focused on selling their furniture and viewed their work as a kind of a social program stemming from the socialist mindset.
Functionalism was pioneered by Kaare Klint who worked as a professor at the newly opened furniture design school at the Academy of Fine Arts. Børge Mogensen was strongly influenced by Klint’s perspective, while Hans Wegner and Finn Juhl worked to further develop their distinct style, while never wandering to far from the core ideas of functionalism.
With this in mind, many of the Danish designer chairs were not intended to be as expensive as they are today. Most of the designers strictly adhered to the philosophy that furniture should be designed for the common people and be available for them. However, in practice, these designs went on to be available to the few who could afford it.
Furthermore, this period was marked by the new opportunities presented by industrialization and the discovery of new materials like plastic and fibreglass, but also by collaboration between architects and cabinetmakers which influenced the new wave of Danish furniture designers.
Modernism Chair Design
The philosophy behind functionalism is very close to the fundamental ideas of modernism, with focus on simplicity, clear lines and functionality. This is why the period of the 1950s was retroactively named Danish Modern. This specific style became extremely popular in recent decades and designer chairs are very sought-after to this day.