The chair is a practical furniture piece that every home needs. But why stop at being useful when they can look good, too? There are many popular designs and styles that are readily available to us today, but do you know their proper names? 

This article will serve as a guide when shopping for accent chairs for your living room, study, or bedroom. Although it is not imperative for you to learn about chair design, by learning the history and background of these iconic chairs, you will gain more appreciation and place more value the next time you see them at furniture stores. 

Stool 60

Stool 60 was designed by acclaimed Finnish designer Alvar Aalto in 1933. It has become famous due to its round seat pared with three uniquely bent legs. Since the design was created, Stool 60 is inarguably one of the most replicated furniture in contemporary interior design. Stool 60 is most often connected with modern Scandinavian design. 

At present, the Stool 60 design comes in a variety of colours and is extremely functional, too. Its versatile design means you can use it in various parts of your home. Its practical nature makes it one of the most iconic chairs to date.

Bertoia chair

If you are a chair collector, the Bertoia chair is one that you need to add to your shopping list.  When geometric shapes were all the rave in the 1950s, Harry Bertoia realised his fascination with metal by producing sculptural forms and incorporating them into an everyday object- the chair. 

Wired Bertoia chairs are an iconic mid-century furniture piece that will never go out of style. It is ideally installed in the dining. To soften up the look, you can throw in a white faux fur on the seat, which also makes it extra comfortable. Bertoia modern chairs are now being sold in two finishes- black powder coat and polished chrome. 

Eames lounge chair

The Eames lounge chair is one of the most significant designs of the 20th century. It represents sophistication when it first came out in the 1950s and remains as an elegant accent chair that can be installed in the living room and bedroom, too. 

The innovators, Charles and Ray Eames, wanted to create a chair design that can look and feel like a warm and well-worn baseball mitt. This inspiration led them to come up with the Eames lounge chair and an ottoman chair to boot. 

The plush leather seats are undeniably cosy and inviting, that anyone wants to sink into its warm seats. The exterior features a wooden finish that further polishes its look.

Different furniture companies are now mass-producing these iconic chairs. There are still authentic pieces from its original manufacturers, but they can cost an arm and a leg, since a lot of collectors want them in their home, too. For instance, the original Eames lounge chair retails between £4,000 and £5,500 per piece. Replica pieces, on the other hand, range between £1,000 and £1,300 per set.

When buying iconic chairs, always prioritise comfort over form. The only way to test comfort is by sitting on it. If it’s the right chair, it won’t take you a long time for you to feel it.