Hans Wegner – Y Chair, Model No. 24, 1950

Wegner has been described as the “chair-maker of chair-makers” and certainly few other designers have consistently produced such high-quality designs. The “Y” chair, or “Wishbone” as it is sometimes known, is one of his most popular designs.

Arne Jacobsen – Grand Prix Model No. 3130, 1955

The Grand Prix chair is a chair with graphic edge. It is a stackable plywood chair, designed by the Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen in 1957. The celebrated chair comes in both a steel or wood base and can be customised through a series of colours, wood types and upholstery making it versatile to a variety of interior settings.

Verner Panton – Panton Chair 1959-1960

Verner Panton was one of the most influential figures in the development of design during the 1960s and ’70s. Along with his experimental approach to forms and colours, he was captivated by the potential of plastic, a novel material at the time. His aim was to create a comfortable chair made in one piece that could be used anywhere. After searching for a manufacturer for several years, Panton came into contact with Vitra in 1963. Together they developed the Panton Chair, which was first presented in 1967.

Warren Platner – Arm Chair 1966

In the 1960s, Warren Platner transformed steel wire into a sculptural furniture collection, creating what is now considered a design icon of the modern era.

The Platner Collection captured the “decorative, gentle, graceful” shapes that were beginning to infiltrate the modern vocabulary. The Arm Chair, which can be used as a dining chair or guest chair, is created by welding curved steel rods to circular and semi-circular frames, simultaneously serving as structure and ornament.

Well over a thousand welds are necessary for each piece of Platner’s labor-intensive and price-escalating wire furniture, a stylish study in history and modernity.
Eero Saarinen – Tulip Chair 1955

A tectonic design shift occurred overnight when Saarinen revealed his attempt at a single-material, single-form chair, which blew up the notion that a chair had to stand on four posts. He had finally solved his long desire to clean up, as he called it, the “slum of legs.” The result was epic and also as majestically fluid and beautiful as, well, a tulip.

Pierre Janneret – Capitol Complex 1951

Timeless geometrics – This iconic armchair, a tribute to the work of Pierre Jeanneret in India, the Capitol Complex armchair is an integral part of the extraordinary architectural work accomplished by his cousin Le Corbusier at Chandigarh between 1951 and 1956. Developed by Cassina it features the iconic ‘V’ support structure. The 051 pairs powerful lines with soft cushions to create a strikingly beautiful chair.

Marcel Breuer – Cesca Chair 1928

Although Marcel Breuer created the Cesca Chair shortly after leaving the Bauhaus in 1928, it is inherently tied to the material innovation and design principles he formed at the German design school. It consists of a tubular steel frame (inspired by his bicycle) and a rattan seat and backing. The design was named as a tribute to Breuer’s adopted daughter Francesca (nicknamed Cesca). One of the original chairs designed by Breuer is held by MOMA in New York. It is now produced by Knoll.