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A collection of chair designs by famous modern architects

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“Almost everyone I spoke to says that a chair is a way of demonstrating an architect’s credentials as a designer to a wider audience.” — Agata Toromanoff, art historian

The chair represents the essence of work. It is where we put our asses down to get stuff done. Perhaps that is why famous architects have each been inspired to design their own chairs.

In her book Chairs by Architects, Toromanoff pairs the custom-made chairs of 55 modern architects next to building styles that inspired them. She says “that chairs afford architects an opportunity to distill their techniques, innovations, and style into a new medium.”

Toromanoff’s favorite chair is the Kuki Chair by Zaha Hadid. As you can see below, Hadid demonstrated her obsession with the movement of geometric curves that came to characterize her style–the chair looks similar to her dynamic yet fluid Galaxy SOHO building in Beijing.

Photos by Iwan Baan

“There are three hundred and fifty-nine other degrees. Why limit yourself to one?” – Zaha Hadid

Toromanoff’s book illustrates how architects can construct their design styles onto a different, much smaller format: in this case, a chair.


Minimal desks by André Schelbach so you can focus on the work. 


Listen to your hands

It’s a form of dialogue through one of the most sensitive of human senses; touch.

Lee Sanghyeok, Listen to your hands


Minimal Furniture In The Smart Age

Technology’s convergence into iPhones and iPads is not only eliminating products like the camera and TV but is also affecting furniture design.

In short, the physical world is disappearing.

My home work desk is cleaner than ever. The same goes for the whole apartment. We don’t have clocks, a landline phone, nor CD shelves any more. All we have are our gadgets and a bunch of bad looking cords.

The next design challenge therefore is making the cords disappear and augmenting the gadgets next to our beds and in our living rooms and study desks.

Designing furniture for small tech devices and cordlessness creates an exciting opportunity in minimalism. We no longer need all this stuff to clutter our lives. As I look around my desk in 2012 all I see is a coffee cup, an iPad, and a wedding photograph. It’s relaxing, really.