Chances are, you didn’t think about the chair you sat in to read this. Why did you choose it in the first place? Is it comfortable? Does it look good? Does it help you to be more productive?
The design of the chairs that you and I use everyday says a lot about how we live, work, and relax. Designer chairs in particular illuminate the importance of the furniture we use in our daily lives.
There is perhaps no more interesting example of the profound influence of designer chairs than the case of Charles Darwin’s office chair. We owe more to Charles Darwin and his groundbreaking theory of evolution than just our modern understanding of biological sciences.
It turns out, natural selection also applied to the armchair he used in his office.
Before Darwin, office chairs didn’t have wheels; but because of the famous naturalist’s need to access specimens more efficiently,we don’t have to sit idly while at work.
As Darwin demonstrates, a beautifully designed chair is timeless, and great designer chairs will always have the perfect blend of practicality and style. As early as 2000 B.C. sofas were used in Egypt. In New York City, the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection includes fine examples of the Eames lounge chair. Tolix stools can be seen and sat in everywhere, from downtown bars and restaurants to suburban kitchens.
These kinds of designer chairs are ubiquitous in society, from boutique pieces to replica furniture. But for the quintessential blend of style and everyday use, the Noguchi coffee table sets the bar particularly high. The construction is sleek and smart, with two curved wooden pieces supporting the plate glass top. The simplicity of the design only adds to the Noguchi table’s architectural beauty.
Similarly, ghost chairs are supremely elegant while being versatile. While it certainly fits well in a variety of home decor settings, the ghost chairs can be stacked, making them equally suitable for the outdoors.
What designer chairs do you use in your daily lives? Feel free to share and recommend your favorite designs in the comment section below!