An illustrated guide to some of the most iconic furniture
pieces of the past century
Designed by George Nelson and George Mulhauser. Its name is derived from its distinctive shape resembling a coconut cut into 8 pieces, as a touch of irony the colours of the coconut are reversed.
George Nelson & George Mulhauser 1955
Also known as the shell rocker chair. A fun timeless chair that’s been popularised for its beauty and function. This is part of a series of chairs made from moulded fibreglass, revolutionary at the time.
Charles & Ray Eames 1948-50
Unbelievably made from cardboard, this chair is part of the 'Easy Edges' series in which Frank Gehry experimented with using everyday materials. Created from 60 layers of cardboard held together with hidden screws with a fibreboard edging.
Frank Gehry 1972
With its proportions and lines reminiscent of the human form the Cherner armchair is a design classic. Created from moulded plywood laminates in graduated thicknesses it’s both ergonomic and strong.
Norman Cherner 1958
Created using only 4 elements joined with dovetailed joints the Zig Zag chair’s simplicity belies its relatively complex construction. It was designed as an expression of the De Stijl movement that stood for a utopian ideal of harmony and order using only straight horizontal and vertical lines and rectangular forms.
Gerrit Rietveld 1934
As relevant and fresh today as when it was created in 1958. This chair was specially designed for the Radisson Blu Hotel Germany. Its volume and enveloping, cocooning curved shape lends itself to both corporate and domestic settings.
Arne Jacobsen 1958
The low slung form of this chair is shaped to fit the body and therefore be extremely comfortable. Constructed from moulded beech plywood the techniques developed during this design created a whole series of bent plywood chairs including the Eames lounge chair and the Eames DCW.
Charles & Ray Eames 1946
Designed by the Eames’ for a competition, this chair is inspired by Gaston LaChaise’s “floating Sculpture”. Its elegant lines and sculptural quality allow the occupier to sit or recline in numerous positions.
Charles & Ray Eames 1948
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