The Hot Seats - Our Fave Designer Chairs
As a premier delivery service, Load a Bakkie are not strangers to modern and iconic furnishings. Here are our five favorite perches that we have had the opportunity to ring doorbells with.
‘Stacking Chair’ - Verner Panton
This single mould cantilever design by Danish designer Verner Panton made use of the innovations of post-World War 2 plastic manufacturing. Designed in 1960, Verner was inspired by plastic buckets and wanted his design to stack neatly. After years of experimentation and prototyping, and various manufacturers rejecting his design; Panton, with Swiss manufacturer Vitra released their polyurethane foam based ‘Panton Classic Chair’ in 1967. The sleek S-shape of Panton’s design was lauded by the design fraternity at the time and is still popular as a modern icon in homes today.
‘Eames Lounge Chair’ - Ray and Charles Eames
With a profile that speaks relaxation this chair is a modern furniture icon. It was developed in the 1950’s by couple Ray and Charles Eames who had previously experimented with molding plywood and applied this with leather upholstery to their unique design that sought to be lighter than existing chairs. After watching a friend trying awkwardly to relax in other loungers, the Eames aesthetic was designed to fit like a well-used and comfortable baseball mitt. We are sure that anyone with one of these in their home will agree.
‘Chaise A’ - Xavier Pauchard
Who would think that this sturdy metallic chair of chique diners and cafes today is actually 86 years old? Frenchman Xavier Pauchard, born from a family of zinc roofers, began in 1907 to experiment with dipping sheet metal into molten zinc to preserve it from rust. His success in the process known as galvanizing soon allowed him to set up a business named Tolix, selling galvanized household products. Due to demand from his customers for a simple chair, Pauchard would design, prototype and eventually launch the ‘Chaise A’ in 1935. Since then, the ‘Chaise A’ has only undergone two changes – a stiffening design added to the legs, and a palm leaf motif added to the back.
‘Louis Ghost Chair’ - Phillipe Starck
A celebration of material innovation could be said of the Louis Ghost chair. Wanting his father-in-law’s Milan plastic homeware company Kartell to start creating luxury wares, Claudio Luti steered research in the direction of polycarbonate use. Injection moulding this material, that had clear characteristics of glass and resilience of plastic was perfected by Kartell in the early 90’s. And Luti, would hire recognized industrial designer Phillipe Starck to create the company’s first chair with polycarbonate. The result, an elegant modern reimagining of a Louis 16th period armchair. The result is the achievement of what Luti called “the nobility of plastic” through a translucent and ethereal piece of furniture that adorns modern interiors today.
‘Series 7 Chair 3107’ – Arne Jacobson
Light, sturdy and typical of Scandinavian aesthetic, the 3107 chair designed by Arne Jacobson, was said to be inspired by the plywood moulding of Ray and Charles Eames. As a meticulous architect Arne Jacobson was insistent on designing every aspect of the building, including the furniture. The result in 1955, was a sleeker version of Arne’s previously designed ‘Ant’ chair. Today the 3017 chair is a quiet and elegant addition to a home’s décor range. - Load a Bakkie
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