The classic, stackable Tolix chair designed by Xavier Pauchard in 1956 became a café favourite
And by 'essential', I mean so cool you have to have them. There are dozens of iconic chairs from the modern era (late 19th century on) that are so special and significant due to their influence on future design and enduring relevance throughout the decades - today, they are as coveted as ever - that they have transcended their function as something to sit on. Some might say they are a work of art. These are a few of my favourites.
The name Arne Jacobsen is synonymous with iconic chairs, among other furniture and household designs. He was the most celebrated post-war Danish architect and interior designer, and one of the pioneers of the concept of organic modernism. If you're not familiar with his name, you will know his Egg chair (above, left) and Model no. 3107, Series 7, both still being produced by Fritz Hansen.
Tell me you've never wanted an Eero Saarinen tulip table and chairs. Have you ever noticed what the Brady's were sitting on to eat breakfast? Green and orange they were. Knoll has been producing the Tulip collection for over 50 years now and there's no end in sight. We hope.
The furniture of Eero Aarnio, namely the Ball Chair (left) and Bubble Chair, are pure joy. The Finnish interior designer who is still with us at age 80, was one of the pioneers of using plastic in industrial design to create furniture that offered both function and fun. And it sure does.