We sit on them every day without giving it a second thought. I imagine the first chair a human ever sat on was probably a rock. The rock chair, I assume, was practical and durable yet extremely uncomfortable. Somewhere along the line our species developed a taste for style and comfort, and in doing so, the following chairs came into existence and made our outlook of furniture and the comfort of our booty enormously better. These five are my favorites.
Chair #1: The Aeron Chair
By Donald T. Chadwick and William Stumpf
Its been said that this chair looks like something Darth Vader might wear to the beach, this super ergonomic seat, designed for the venerable Herman Miller Company in 1992, is the real-life answer to the prayers of anyone who sits at a computer for hours at a time. It comes in three widths and it also expands with age as to protracted sitting (suggested retail price is around $1,300, but simplyergonomic.com has them starting at $629)
Chair #2: The Crystal Chair
By Fendi Casa
A design triumph, its iconic form will certainly add a sparkle to your modern home. Radiating timeless beauty like a sculpture, this chair has a faultless finish. The sumptuous seat cushion is available in leather or fabric to tone with your interior. The chair stands on a metal base available in a variety of finishes, such as chrome. The seamless lacquered-polyurethane shell comes in black, ivory, platinum, or silver and with a number of variations for the seat cushion and metal base. Not cheap at $3,000, but think of it as an investment buy for those of you who can afford it. Available at Louvre.
Chair #3: The Egg Chair
By Arne Jacobsen
This chair is a reproduction of the Egg Chair, which was originally designed in 1958 for the lobby and reception areas of the royal hotel in Copenhagen. This wonderful chair is one of the most recognizable chairs due to its unique shape. This high quality reproduction is of polyurethane foam with fiberglass reinforcement. The shell has an adjustable tilt which can be adjusted to the weight of the individual user. The chair comes in wool, suede or leather; it is also available in a range of colors. Cost various depending on vendor, material and colour. (Suggested retail price is between $600.00 to $4,000.00
Chair #4: The Wood Chair
By Marc Newson
When I first took a look at this piece I did not think chair. It just did not seem to be something that most people, including me would consider when wanting to put our lower end down. I have to admit that comfort went out the door and admiration took its place, I simply could not look away. This spectacular chair was designed in 1988; it reinvents the bentwood chair that has fascinated furniture makers since the days of the art-nouveau curlicue rocker. It’s made of beech heartwood. (Suggested retail price around $5,700 at unicahome.com).
Chair #5: The Windback Chair
By Tom Dixon
Manufactured by a 200-year-old company (George Smith), this 2008 chair is one of the most beautiful, elegant, and comfortable pieces of modern design ever created. I read somewhere and agree with the quote that it lights up a room like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s WOW. The chair is made of mohair velvet upholstery (available in 15 colors) and has solid turned leg with black lacquered or natural finish.(suggested retail price is around $6,500). Tom Dixon chair!