10 Iconic Chairs

This week, we’ve put together 10 of the most iconic and recognisable chairs in art, film, and pop culture. So, here they are, in no particular order:

1. Honey Pop Chair – Tokujin Yoshioka (2000)


This chair is made of wager thin sheets of paper, similar to the kinds used in Chinese lanterns.

2. Blow Inflatable Armchair – Paolo Lomazzi, Donato D’Urbino, Jonathan De Pas (1967)


This is the first mass-produced inflatable chair! It embodies the zeitgeist of the revolutionary 1960s, and remains an icon of the playful, casual lifestyle associated with this period.

3. Poäng Chair – IKEA, Noboru Nakamura (1976)

ikea poang

The Poäng Chair, IKEA’s most famous chair, ever. With its bentwood frame, cantilevered seat, and curved backrest, it is one of IKEA’s most iconic silhouettes, still selling 1.5 million units a year!

4. Charles Darwin’s Office Chair (1854)


Darwin was one of the first innovators of the modern office chair! Industrious problem-solver as he was, Darwin decided to put wheels on the chair in his study so he could get to his specimens more quickly!

5. The Broken Chair – Daniel Berset, Louis Geneve (1997)


A monumental chair with a torn leg, constructed from 5.5 tonnes of wood and standing 12 metres tall is the centrepiece for the Place des Nations in Geneva. It symbolises the international opposition to land mines and cluster bombs, acting as a reminder to politicians and others visiting Geneva.

6. Ai Weiwei for German Pavillion at Venice Biennale – Ai Weiwei (2013)


An installation consisting of 886 thee-legged wooden stools explores the craft traditions of China, ideas of cultural value, and history within the context of contemporary art.

7. Van Gogh’s Chair – Vincent Van Gogh (1888)


Painted whilst in the company of Gaugin, a companion picture of Gaugin’s armchair painted by Van Gogh perhaps intended to represent the contrasting temperaments of the two artists.

8. The Cabbage Chair – Nendo (2008)

Designed for the XXIst Century Man Exhibition, the Cabbage Chair is made of waste paper from the pleated fabric industry. The paper is wrapped into a cylinder, and cut vertically halfway down one side so that the layers can be peeled back, one at a time.

9. Red Leather Wingback – The Matrix (1999)


An apparently ubiquitous piece of furniture, made famous by the Wachowski brothers in their hallmark number of late nineties sci-fi action. What would you choose if faced with the blue pill, or the red pill?

10. The Iron Throne – George R. R. Martin (1991)


The monumental metonym for the fictional monarchy of Westeros (as well as the physical throne of its monarch) in the series Game of Thrones. Given the series’ critical acclaim and record-breaking status, it is one of the most famous fictional chairs ever!

That’s it for this week, we hoped you liked it! Stay tuned for next week where we’ll answer the question: Are you a Chair or a Stool?


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