10 Most Iconic Chair Designs of the 20th Century

Over the years, there have been many different designers, pieces and movements which changed the look and feel of interior design across the world. From chairs to coat hooks, here’s ten of the most iconic furniture designs of the 20th Century – most of which we still know and love today.

1. Saarinen Tulip Chair

Finnish-American Eero Saarinen was responsible for a wide range of amazing architecture across the US as well as his iconic tulip chairs. Flowing, modern and an instant hit, these chairs look just as amazing today as they did back in the mid-century.


2. Le Corbusier

This Swiss artist and architect travelled the world for inspiration and life experience before hitting on his iconic armchair and sofa design which looks fresh and modern even now – and is in high demand.

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3. Model 3107

Danish Architect Arne Jacobsen created some of the most iconic chair designs of the twentieth century. This curve chair is seen in kitchens and living rooms across the world and was truly groundbreaking at the time.


4. Ghost Chair

One of the few designers on this list still alive and creating, Philippe Starck is well known across the world. Most famous for his amazing and subversive ghost chair, his deigns challenge the most classic of looks. From £57 from Shabby Store.


5. Eames Lounge

Charles and Ray Eames arguably created the definitive seating looks of the twentieth century. This lounge chair made its name not only in the most fashionable living rooms of the fifties but also in the movies! Stylish and comfortable, this chair will never go out of style. Available at Shabby Store.


6. Barcelona Chair

So called due to its purpose as an entry into the Barcelona world expo in the 20s, this lounge chair designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe has most certainly stood the test of time. A design staple and a piece of history, this chair is truly iconic and instantly recognisable. Available to buy at Shabby Store.


7. Eileen Grey Table

This cool table looks 100% modern but in fact was designed in the 1020s. Perfect for smaller spaces, Katherine Eileen Grey never anticipated this table making quite such a stir. Bold, simple and effortlessly stylish. Available to buy at Shabby Store.


8. Eames Plywood Chair

We may have mentioned Eames once already but these plywood chairs deserve a look in. Often considered to be the most iconic chair design of the 20th century, these chairs look amazing in any room of the home.


9. Isamu Noguchi Coffee Table

This simple yet striking wood and glass coffee table was first designed in the late forties and looks just as fresh today. The American-Japanese designer was very prolific throughout his lifetime and this coffee table is just one of many contributions to 20th century style.


10. Panton S Chair

Influential Danish designer Verner Panton designed this gorgeous and modern s chair in the 1960s, making it an instant hit amongst the psychadelic set. Regaining popularity in the 2000s, these funky chairs look amazing in any home. Available to buy at Shabby Store.


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