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Dossier : 6 chaises design iconiques

It seems that fashion is an eternal renewal. However, some objects go through time without ever aging! This is the case with these six iconic chairs that continue to fascinate design enthusiasts, year after year. Signed Charlotte Perriand, Gae Aulenti or Philippe Starck, back on a seat with a unique character.

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The Bold chair by Big Game for Mustache, 2009

Famous for its sensual curves and its playful design, the Bold chair, designed by the Big Game collective for the publisher Mustache, reinterprets the chair in steel tube typical of the Bauhaus. But where it stands out from its cooler and more rigorous cousin, it is thanks to the unique treatment provided by Grégoire Jeanmonod, Elrich Petit and Augustin Scott from Martinville. Here, no backrest but a continuous line in foam which draws the seat and the legs. A light graphics highlighted by its multiple colored variations.

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The Panton chair by Verner Panton for Vitra, 1967

Born of the meeting between designer Verner Panton and Willi Fehlbaum - then working for the publisher Vitra -, in the 1960s, the Panton chair materialized the designer's wish to create a stackable chair. The result of his research is the most graphic seat in the shape of an S. The duo then designs a model in polypropylene plastic, available in a variety of colors. Recognizable among a thousand, the Panton chair is undoubtedly the icon of pop design from the 1960s and 1970s!

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The Masters chair by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet, 2009

In 10 years, the Masters chair, imagined by the jack-of-all-trades Philippe Starck and the Catalan designer Eugeni Quitllet - elected Designer of the year 2016 at Maison & Objet -, has become a true icon of design. And for good reason, this piece has something to be inspired. Using the lines of the Tulip chair (Eero Saarinen), the Arne Jacobsen Series 7 and the contours of the Eames couple's Plastic Chair, the Masters is characterized by a marked graphic shape and an interlacing assembly. Its structure in tinted polypropylene ensures its robustness when its multitude of colors allows it to reinvent itself, years after years.

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The DSW chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra, 1950

In 1948, American designers Charles and Ray Eames presented a chair with a molded metal seat shell at the "International Competition for Low Cost Furniture Design" organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. They get the second prize. Following this success, Charles and Ray Eames wish to mass produce the chair. They then test a quantity of materials and identify the polyester resin. Solid, this material allows them to develop new molded seats and to manufacture them industrially. The couple also imagines a wide variety of legs, which can be associated with these different shells. In 1950, the Eames Fiberglass Chairs entered the market and their great creative flexibility immediately appealed to consumers. In the DSW chair, the plastic seat shell goes perfectly with the wooden base.

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B306 tilting lounge chair by Charlotte Perriand in collaboration with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, 1928-1929

Although she stayed in the shadow of her colleagues, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand is one of the major figures of modern architecture. Humanist architect and free woman, she designed furniture that has become iconic. In 1929, she presented the very famous tilting lounge chair, imagined in close collaboration with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, in an ideal apartment designed for the Salon d'Automne, and reconstituted in 2019 for the retrospective "Le monde nouveau" by Charlotte Perriand, 1903-1999 ”at the Louis Vuitton Foundation.

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The April chair by Gae Aulenti for Zanotta, 1964

Renowned architect, gifted designer and talented scenographer, the Italian Gae Aulenti was able to impose her avant-garde vision of architecture, decoration, design and town planning at a time when the creative sectors were managed by men. Designed in 1964, its April folding chair, with its fabric seat and back and its delicate metal joints, is representative of its bold style.

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