The Marvel of Mid-century Modern

Just like the fashion world, home design goes through the same wave of what’s in style. Eras that have gone by are not forgotten, and often times make it back into the limelight generations later. Today, it’s mid-century’s comeback. This modern design movement occurred during the “Atomic Age” where Scandinavian design dominated, with a style of simplicity and natural shapes. Here’s a sample of six marvels of iconic chairs, either take a seat and enjoy the design, or let this prepare you for your next on-trend purchase.

Grand Prix

Designed by Arne Jacobsen, 1957. This chair’s style is influenced by mid-century design, specifically the Grand Prix, which was a stackable plywood chair originally with wooden legs and first presented in Denmark. Stylish and practical, what’s not to love?

Tendy Stacking Chair, Forma Furniture,  

Eames Lounge Chair

Designed by Charles & Ray Eames, 1956. This lounging ensemble took years to develop and are now highly collectable. Fortunately, they are still in production and are constructed to last a lifetime, much like the design.

Eames® Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Design Within Reach,

Tulip Chair

Designed by Eero Saarinen, 1956. This chair is considered “space age” due to its smooth lines and experimental artificial materials used for that time. Fiberglass was relatively new to the scene at the time.

Saarinen Tulip™ Armless Chair, Design Within Reach,

Egg Chair

Designed by Adrian Pearsall, 1960s. This lounge piece’s wingback shape is reminiscent of the Egg, a chair designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958. Pearsall brought daring designs to the masses and this chair is a collector’s dream. Also his: the venerable bean bag chair.

Vintage Adrian Pearsall Aspen Leather Chair, Voss Art + Home,

Diamond Chair

Designed by Harry Bertoia, 1952. Industrial wire rods were turned into a functional sculpture. The airy seats are sculpted out of steel rods, making them scratch, chip and chemical resistant and irreplaceable in interior design.

Bertoia Diamond Lounge Chair, Design Within Reach,  

Womb Chair

Designed by Eero Saarinen, 1946. The purpose of the Womb chair was to create a sense of comfort – hence the name. Saarinen created a chair and ottoman combo that perfectly accommodates a relaxed place to curl up.

Womb Chair and Ottoman in Fabric with Black Frame, Design Within Reach,