There has recently been a renewed interest in chairs dating from the years of the 1920s to the 1970s. Panton, Volther, Platner and Bertoia are just a few of the designers whose originals are in high demand and high-priced.
Many of these chairs are available in a multitude of colours and textures ranging from bright oranges, cobalt blues and fire-engine reds. They are organic in form and come in a great range of materials such as wood, leather, polycarbonate, chrome and even fibreglass. Still to this day, many of these chairs have stood the test of time and prove to be some of the most innovative and ingenious designs of the 20th century.
Perhaps, these chairs remind us of our childhood conjuring up memories of family that somehow, provide us with a sense of security. Or they may remind us of a moment in history where our youth has been recaptured. Or maybe these chairs remind us of time when the world was a much different place. Whatever it may be, chairs such as the Diamond by Bertoia or the Barcelona by Mies van der Rohe provide different spiritual connections for different people and the connection is so strong that people are willing to pay the price.
If you are really interested in chairs, check out Charlotte and Peter Fiell’s book, 1,000 Chairs, published by Taschen. It gives an excellent pictorial overview of some the finest examples. Also, while surfing the web check out www.cribcandy.com and click on chairs.
You will find an abundance of newly inspired designs as well as ads for some original favourites.