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Iconic lounge chairs, a piece of museum in your home

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Martha Taylor-Brown | Saturday March 9, 2019 12:23PM ET
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Interior   Some lounge chairs belong to a museums and with a reason

Like functional art, iconic lounge chairs are equally about relaxation as they are about a sculptural artistic forms and shapes.


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Eames Lounge ChairWhen Eames Lounge Chair was introduced in 1956, there was nothing like it, and there is still nothing to equal it. The Eameses’ modern take on a 19th century club chair has not only endured for more than 50 years, it has become one of the most significant furniture designs of the 20th century, instantly recognizable and enduringly fresh. It is recognized as a true icon of American design with its place in a number of museums. This is something that will serve you well for years with the look that's always in.

EggA sculptural design with an instant sense of empowerment, that's the forever classic, the Egg by Arne Jacobsen. It was designed for the lobby and reception areas of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen and it sprang from a new technique: a strong foam inner shell beneath the upholstery that acts like a sculpture. The design is available in a wide range of fabric upholstery as well as leather, always combined with a star base in aluminium mounted on a satin-polished steel pedestal.

PK24The PK24 chaise longue chair, with its easy curves and organic shape, stands out as perhaps the most recognizable chair in Poul Kjaerholm’s work. Inspiration for this chair comes from the Rococo period and the French long chair that featured the same curve and size. The chair is a prime and almost extreme example of Kjaerholm’s principle of designing with independent elements. The chair has no physical connection between the main parts, which are instead kept together by gravity and the friction between the elements.

Grande PapilioButterflies in flight. The design image was that of a chair that would "welcome" gracefully with the graceful movement of a butterfly, a "papilio". Grande Papilio's ample space of its large upper back and the curved shape of its cosy seat are a clear signs of a desire to offer maximum comfort to anyone who wants to sit it this chair. The wings that extend at the sides of the chair emphasise the sensation of comfort: in the chair and the small armchair, they help support the hips and the back.

 

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