Every architect needs a SIGNATURE CHAIR and their modern chairs embody their design aesthetic and creative process. Chair are not a far departure from architecture, in fact in many ways a chair requires the same spatial consideration and informs as much response from the user as architecture does. If you haven’t spent much time thinking about chair design it is worth some reflection. Chairs can reinforce the architecture of a space as well as how that space is to be used. Does the chair allow for a relaxing or is it straight formal. Does the chair look comfortable or sculptural appropriate more to be looked at then used.
Take a look at these chairs… can you see the resemblance in the architecture?
Mies van der Rohe
Barcelona Chair vs Barcelona Pavilion
Tulip Chair vs TWA Airport
Paimio Chair vs. Baker House
Diamond Chair vs The ROM
Ray and Charles Eames
Lounge Chair vs. Case Study House 8
Z Chair vs MAXXI Museum
Stones vs. Vietnam Memorial
Frank Lloyd Wright
Barrel Chair vs Guggenheim
Red and Blue Chair vs The Rietveld Schröder House
Boomerang Chair vs Kaufmann House
Cardboard Armchair vs. Vitra Design Museum
Chaise vs Notre Dame du Haut
If you love chairs as much as most architecture groupies do here are a few MUST HAVE books to quench your thirst for more beautifully designed chairs:
Furniture by Architects: From Aalto to Zumthor poses such questions as: do architects design differently to product designers? Do they exhibit any consistent aesthetic preferences? Is there something typically architectural in their designs? Furniture by Architects features works by Alvar Aalto, Ron Arad, Gae Aulenti, Karl Bertsch, Emil Beutinger, Marcel Breuer, Pierre Chareau, Egon Eiermann, El Lissitsky, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Walter Gropius, Zaha Hadid, Marc Held, Josef Hoffmann, Arne Jacobsen, Le Corbusier, Daniel Libeskind, Gio Ponti, Richard Riemerschmid, Gerrit Rietveld, Eero Saarinen, Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, O.M. Ungers, Mies van der Rohe, Otto Wagner, Frank Lloyd Wright and Peter Zumthor, among others.
Fifty Chairs That Changed the World takes an up-close look at chair designs that have had the greatest impact on the look and feel of modern interiors.
How To Design a Chair tells you everything you need to know and looks at the principles and processes of designing a chair, from its symbolic and functional properties to materials and mass-production techniques. In a working case study Konstantin Grcic, one of the world’s best-known furniture designers, traces the design and development of one of his most successful chairs – the Myto – from start to finish and reveals what it takes to create a successful design.
which chair is your favorite, would you sit in any of these?
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