One topic that sure is fascinating for furniture enthusiasts worldwide, is about the most comfortable chair in the world.
While many people would have something to say about it, there is clearly one period of time where most of designers made a intensive quest for a comfortable chair: the Mid Century Modern period.
Whenever you make a list about the ultimate design in a comfort chair, at least two or three chairs from the Mid Century Modern period will emerge. Let’s name some of them with some refinements on our choices.
It’s all about comfort?
Some chairs are created thinking just in comfort as their main purpose. Some chairs are designed looking for a balance between comfort, functionality and beauty.
Comfort above all
In the first group is for sure the Eames Lounge Chair, by Charles and Roy Eames; one of the most comfortable chairs ever made. The Mid-century Lounge Chair and Ottoman masterfully combine the nostalgic comfort of an old baseball mitt with a sleek, modern design that continues to distinguish among all other famous furniture pieces. The Mid-Century Lounge Chair and Ottoman are internationally recognized icons that introduce comfort and style to interiors everywhere.
Another fine example is the Womb Chair, by Eero Saarinen. An authentic icon of furniture. Introduced in 1948, the Womb Chair and Ottoman is one of the most popular designs to come out of the 1940s. Saarinen realized that people sit in many different ways; he designed a chair that is comfortable whether lounging, slouching, or sitting with a leg thrown over the armrest. Paired with the Womb Ottoman, you may find yourself in the lap of luxury.
You must keep in mind that a lounge chair is made mainly for rest. Working or writing in your computer may be a little uncomfortable.
A Complete Chair
In the second group there is the Barcelona Chair, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and the Shell Chair, by Hans Wegner. The Barcelona Chair was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1929 for the International Exposition of Barcelona. The characteristic “X” shape frame and the sober but comfortable design made it a hallmark of furniture. Originally elaborated for the Kings of Spain, Van der Rohe stated several times that he searched for inspiration in the Roman Empire tents.
On the other hand, the Hans Wegner Shell Chair, created in 1963 but it was reintroduced in 1998 for a new generation in the rise of Mid century Modern Style, that rediscovered the unique design of the Shell Chair and since then it became the classic image of an accent chair. With a winged reminiscences design, on an unique seat, and a ultra refined setting of 3 spider – like legs supporting its laminated veneer seat and back, the Shell Chair is now a reflex of avant garde.
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