For some reason, I am a large collector of chairs. We have more chairs than is necessary and for some reason, the obsession continues. We have dining chairs, vintage chairs, retro chairs and even a velvet steel framed chair. I have chairs that are outdoor chairs and some that are for the office. Amidst all these chairs in my house (18) it got me thinking – what is the perfect chair?
To answer this, I guess it all depends on what one desires from a chair. Let’s start with the basics. Firstly, one would assume comfort plays a large part; there’s no point sitting in a chair that you don’t want to sit in. It needs to be supportive of your back and bottom without sitting too low or too high. Secondly, it has to be functional. You don’t want a chair that is too big or too small; it needs to fit the designated space perfectly without looking out of place. And finally, the chair needs to look good. This is all down to personal preference.
All in all, with so many variables I will name three well-known brands and styles of chairs that have stood the test of time. These chairs have been replicated time and time again and can be found in homes, offices, cafes and even road side pickups. They have been popularised by designer magazines and even Hollywood movies and so without further ado, here is a list of three chairs that one may consider perfect.
The Eames Lounge Chair
Made of moulded plywood and leather, and designed by American husband and wife duo Charles and Ray Eames, the Eames chair is a timeless classic. Released in 1956 and designed for a high-end market, the Eames Lounge Chair is forger immortalised and preserved within the New York Museum of Modern Art. Today the chair is a cultural anomaly that is still in popular demand.
The Cesca Chair
Designed by Hungarian American Marcel Breuer in 1928, the Cesca chair is also housed within the New York Museum of Modern Art. Using rolled steel in a cantilevered fashion with a hand-woven cane seat and beech frame, the Cesca Chair is a timeless classic.
The Tolix Chair
Made from sheet steel and popularised by cafes and restaurants, the Tolix chair is renowned for its durability, easy maintenance and stackable profile. Designed by Frenchman Xavier Pauchard in 1934 the Tolix chair has gone through minor tweaks over the years to the chair we know and love today.