Midcentury influence on Contemporary Chair Design

I have a serious love for midcentury modern design. Some of my favorite chair designs of all time, come from Charles&Ray Eames and (the slightly less mainstream) George Mulhauser. Over the past few years, I have seen a lot of contemporary designers at trade shows displaying pieces that were inspired by some of these classic designs. Inspired by the forms, proportions, materials, and craftsmanship; We can see new design progressing in a way that is both nostalgic and contemporary. Classic designs from the Eames, Mies Van Der Rohe, Corbusier, Mulhauser, Breuer, Nelson, Noguchi, etc., have stood the test of time with their quality and style. It’s nice to see new designers creating pieces based on nostalgic and well-designed pieces of the past, with the use of contemporary materials and craftsmanship. In a world filled with ‘disposable design’, craftsmanship and timelessness is refreshing to see.



This lounge chair I saw at a French Design show (in the Tortona district during Milan Design week 2012) by Jean-Marie Massaud for Saintluc, has a similar classic/ comfortable feel as the Eames and Mulhauser lounge chairs above. It was ridiculously comfortable, and comes in a high or low back version.

These armchairs by & TRADITION COPENHAGEN have a similar feel as the Eames organic armchairs (below)


The back of these lounge/ dining chairs by Studio WM are similar to the classic Eames plywood lounge (below). Their metal structure reminiscent of Bertoia’s (below)



Hans Wegner is another classic designer that made beautifully crafted chairs:

The Bouroullec Brothers use clean, modern lines, and proportions to achieve great design; Reminiscent of midcentury modern pieces.

A few more designs that have a similar midcentury feel:

Maritime chair by Benjamin Hubert

Lepel chair by Luca Nichetto for Casamania

Deer chair by Autoban for DeLaEspada. Autoban’s pieces are very reminiscent of Wegner designs.

228Woody by Autoban for DeLaEspada

349Manta Dining chair by Autoban for DeLaEspada