‘A good chair, nowadays, is hard to find’, reads a line from an old advertisement that was promoting the Eames Lounge chair, a notable mid-century modern design that’s often hailed as one of the most iconic designs of the era.
The statement continues to ring true today. A good chair is the perfect marriage of form and function; it not only has to offer optimum comfort through its engineering and materiality, it also has to have an enduring quality that’s pleasing to the eye.
For many dads, the chair of choice at home is a cherished seat that’s utilised for a variety of means, including watching TV, napping, or avoiding chores whilst downing an ice cold beer. The classic dad chair first graced sitcoms in the 1950s, and from then on, it has become an island of comfort and relaxation.
Here, we’ve gathered some of the most iconic and covetable chairs of all time. Whether you’re looking to indulge dad this year or you’re seeking out a comfortable armchair of your own, these armchairs have a lot more to offer beyond serving as a simple seat.
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1. Eames lounge chair by Charles and Ray Eames, 1956
As mentioned, the Eames lounge chair and its accompanying ottoman is a mid-century modern classic. Designed by renowned husband-and-wife designer duo Charles and Ray Eames, the chair is made up of three moulded plywood shells and covered with a smooth veneer layer. A show of refined craftsmanship, the current selection of finishing veneers includes options such as walnut, cherry, white ash, and a variety of other finishes.
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