It is a true testament to the genius of design greats like Arne Jacobsen, Eero Saarinen, Florence Knoll, Charles and Ray Eames, Hans J. Wegner and George Nelson that Mid-Century modern style still manages to steal the show, even decades after it first saw daylight! While fashion and interior design seem to evolve in cyclical manner, many of these stylish creations have managed to stay relevant as the years have passed. Nothing captures the spirit of this Mid-Century modern flair like the iconic chairs of the period that managed to redefine homes and alter common perceptions of bold design.
by Anthony Lindsey Photography
Take one look at today’s featured collection of chairs, and the first thought that comes to mind is that many of these designs were ages ahead of their time. Influenced by the school of Scandinavian minimalism and Nordic simplicity, these classic chairs seem right at home in a sleek and contemporary setting. Combining form with function, these sensational seven promise comfort that oozes class!
by Bruce Palmer Interior Design
by Intexure Architects
by FAB Architecture
by The Graces – ReMax Hallmark Realty
by Wolfe Rizor Interiors
by Imke Laux
by BXH Arquitectura
Elegant Saarinen Executive Armchair
Not only is this chair the crown jewel of the Saarinen Executive Collection that was released in 1957 by Knoll, it also has bagged several top honors over the past few decades, including the Museum of Modern Art Award. It’s not hard to see why, as the Executive Armchair combines aesthetics and ergonomics to perfection. The cozy look of the chair coupled with trademark Mid-Century modern style makes it an ideal fit for contemporary spaces. Available also as a side chair and with a swivel base, it blends in with pretty much any style and theme.
by Morlen Sinoway Atelier
by Canyon Construction
by Seattle Home Enhancement
Curvy and Cozy Swan Chair
Designed for the lounge, lobby and suites in the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, the Swan Chair was crafted by Arne Jacobson in 1958. The idea behind the chair was to design a furnishing that complemented the equally appealing and incredibly popular Egg Chair. There are plenty of people who combine one with the other, and understandably so. Both the Swan and the Egg Chairs share an enveloping design that tempts you to simply tuck in and enjoy a beautiful winter morning next to the fireplace!
by David Coleman Architecture
by FORMA Design
by Dennis Mayer
by ZeroEnergy Design
by KUBE architecture
by Sellars Lathrop Architects
LC2 Petit Modele Armchair
The LC2 Petit Modele Armchair is probably the least curvy of all the fabulous chairs that we have on display here. Designed by the trio of Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret all the way back in 1928, it’s hard to believe that this is still one of the most popular chairs in living rooms and offices across the globe. Made of thick cushions that are held in place by a steel framework, the chair exudes comfort, even as its streamlined look allows it to be placed in more formal office settings. Those looking to double up on comfort and seating space can bring opt for the LC3; the larger version of the LC2.
by Colin Cadle Photography
by Squeo Architecture
by R Brant Design
by Portal Design
Plush and Snug Papa Bear Chair
You may not have heard the name before, but most of us have seen a Papa Bear Chair at some point in our lives. If you’ve spent winter holidays in a cabin in the woods, you’ve likely noticed quite a few chairs inspired by this Hans J. Wegner’s classic. Wegner was proficient at designing some of the most remarkable chairs during the height of the Mid-Century modern wave, and the Papa Bear Chair is definitely the coziest of them all! An upholstered look and inviting arms make it impossible to walk away from this gorgeous chair without giving it a try.
by Amy Lau Design
by David Howell Design
by Stephens Design Group
Series 7 Chair by Arne Jacobsen
It might not sport the upholstered coziness of the Egg chair or the Swan chair, but this Arne Jacobsen creation brings home ergonomic seating with its sensuous curves. Most interior design aficionados are pretty familiar with the sight of a Series 7 chair in a modern dining room or in the contemporary kitchen as a bar stool. Popular with designers and homeowners alike, it is arguably the most widely used kitchen chair in modern homes. Sleek, stylish and even minimalist, the piece conveniently blends in with any interior design style. Since the chair comes in many different colors, you can use it to add some color to a room clad only in neutral tones.
by Architectural Photographer
by Hanrahan Meyers Architects
by Min Day Architects
by Fine Focus Photography
by i3 design group
Bright and Bold Butterfly Chair
Modern design is all about clean, well-defined lines coupled with sleek polished surfaces. The playful and vivid Butterfly Chair is all about adding color to modern spaces with panache! Designed by Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy in 1938, the chair exudes a laid back look. Maybe that’s precisely the reason we find so many of these resting on refreshing pool decks and lovely porches. Clad in colorful leather and sporting enameled steel legs, the Butterfly Chair provides both visual and textural contrast.
by American Coastal Properties
by Hannotte Interiors
by FORMA Design
Whimsical Wishbone Chair
Exquisite, minimal and easy on the eyes, the Wishbone Chair by Hans Wegner is much more than a mere furnishing. It’s a sculptural masterpiece that shows the architect’s mastery over wood. So demanding and intricate is the design of the chair that even today, the seat is hand woven from paper cord to achieve the perfect look. A versatile design allows the Wishbone Chair to easily integrate into a wide range of interiors ranging from the classic to the contemporary, as well as styles that vary from the Scandinavian to the Asian!
by Furman + Keil Architects
by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design
by hoo Interior Design & Styling
by Rudolfsson Alliker Associates Architects
Even as we ponder who among the current generation of architects and designers will lead the next revolution in interior design, we can’t help but marvel at today’s featured creations. Not only do these Mid-Century modern chairs seamlessly blend comfort and creativity, they stand as enduring symbols of cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurial brilliance.