Sunday, January 30, 2011

Eclectic Chairs

The Mad Hatters Tea Party

 A look back at some design classics.

The Chiavari chair

  • Designed by Gaetano Descalzi in 1807.
  • The Chiavari chair is named after the coastal Italian town of Chiavari from which the design of the chair originates.
  • The chair is light, elegant, yet solid,  and was originally made from cherrywood. Today the Chiavari chairs come in a variety of materials and finishes, from lightweight bamboo and beech wood to sturdier bronze and steel.
  • Chiavari chairs are actually a type of chair known as a balloon-backed chairs. The design was based on the Louis XV panel-back side chair – without the back upholstery

CH24 wishbone chair

  • Designed by the Danish designer Hans Wegner in 1949.
  • Inspired by classical portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Ming chairs.
  • Hans Wegner was part of the modernist school with an emphises on functionality.
  • The wishbone chair is made of hardwood, ash or beach and natural cord caning.
  • Made in Denmark by Carl Hansen & Son
  • Available from The Conran Shop and at

CH07 lounge

  • Designed by the Danish furniture designer Hans Wegner in 1963.
  • Wegner was part of the modernist design movement.
  • Made from pressed plywood and upolstery.
  • Made in Denmark by Carl Hansen & Son.
  • Available from and The Lost Weekend, Blackrock village, Dublin.

 Saarinen tulip side chair - white


  • Designed by Eero Saarinen in 1956
  • He designed the 1956 Tulip chair in terms of its setting, rather than a particular shape. "In any design problem, one should seek the solution in terms of the next largest thing." he said. "If the problem is a chair, then its solution must be found in the way it relates to the room..." In the Tulip, Saarinen realized his ideal of formal unity: "Every significant piece of furniture has a holistic structure."
  • Part of the American post war design movement.
  • Made from aluminum (base), fiberglass and upholstery.
  • Made in the USA by Knoll.
  • $1,150.00 from and the Conran Shop.

Eames molded dining chair - dcw

  • Design by Charles & Ray Eames in 1946.
  • Made from molded plywood, metal or wood legs.
  • Designed to comfortably fit the body.
  • Made by Herman Miller
  • "Who would say that pleasure is not useful?" -Charles Eames
  • Available from the Conran Shop and

A Look at the present!

 Emeco kong side chair

  • Design Philippe Starck, 2002
  • Thermal treated aluminum
  • Made in USA by Emeco

 No 14 Bistro Chair 

  • Although the bistro chair has been around since 1859 this is a newly updated design with its red finish. 

    Available from the Conran Shop.

Basel chair

Oversized Wing Chair 
  • Conde deep buttoned wing chair
  • The chair to grace a stately home with swarovski crystal buttoning and 160cm high
  • Made in Barcelona, Spain. by Dentro Home

    Boca do Lobo Tiffany Stool
  • Designed by Artesãos de Boca do Lobo
  • Manufacured in Rio de Tinto in Portugal by Boca do Lobo
  • Wood: Solid oak or mahogany
  • Finish: Natural with a protective coat, high gloss varnish,or a dark wood stain.
  • Price: $1,440.00

Smoke chair

  • Design  by Dutch furniture designer Maarten Baas in 2002
  • Made from burnt wood, epoxy resin and leather
  • Made in the Netherlands by Moooi
  • $4,430.00
Louis Ghost Chair

  • Design  by Philippe Starck in 2002.
  • Made from injection-molded polycarbonate.
  • Made in Italy by Kartell.
  • Available at and the Conran Shop Arnotts Dublin.
Re-interpritation of the French Chair

 LOUIS XV French Medallion Back Occasional Chair - Gold and Black Velvetboth from

Cannes Chair 

Cannes Chair in Pink Punch Faux Leather, Lemon Drop Yellow Faux Leather and Bubble Gum Blue Tufted Velvet.
$1,295 each from 

Punch Pink St. Tropez High Back Chair
 White Ballon Chair

Glossy white patent faux leather upholstery and glossy white lacquer carved frame.

$1,695 from

Some Eclectic Interiors

The Dylan Hotel Dublin

Atlier Abigale Ahern



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