Thursday, January 04, 2007

Chairs I Like (but can't afford).

This chair and ottoman set is called "Pop" and is from Ligne Roset. While in NYC visiting my brother before Christmas we dropped into the Ligne Roset showroom and I got to try this one out in person. The continuous curve of the seat cushion envelops your body and, well, makes it real hard to get back up. I also like this picture because this is how we are planning on arranging our living area: two comfortable lounge chairs (as opposed to a couch) in front of the fireplace.

This chiar is Ligne Roset's "Flexus" and I have to say it was even more comfortable than "Pop"...and harder to extract oneself from. I like the sleek, elegant simplicity - the shout out to 50s modern style. Very cool...and very expensive!

From the Design Within Reach website: "When Florence Knoll challenged Finnish-born architect and designer Eero Saarinen in 1948 to create a chair that she could curl up in, she had found an apt candidate for the task. The Womb Chair’s enveloping, lap-like form continues to be one of the most iconic and recognized representations of mid-century Scandinavian organic modernism. In fact, ask most designers and architects what lounge chair design they covet and they’ll promptly tell you it’s the Womb Chair." That's good enough for me! Except for the price tag: $2380.00!

Talk about iconic. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's famous "Barcelona Chair" is one of the most ubiquitous fixtures in high end modern design. Flip through the pages of any book on modern architecture you grab off the shelf at Barnes & Noble and you are bound to see this design. Elegant, simple, sleek, and comfortable. A good reproduction will cost you over $3000.

This is Pierre Paulin's 1960 "Orange Slice Chair and Ottoman" produced by Hive. Paulin once said, "A chair should be more than simply functional. It should be friendly, fun and colorful." Each of the chairs on this page are a work of design genius - call it art - and worthy of being enjoyed not simply for the way they fit one's bottom but for their aesthetic value. A fitting centerpiece for any room.

1 comment:

Ana-Maria Leeming said...

I din't take you for a mod guy, but I like your taste. I think you and I have very similar styling ideas...when it comes to furniture.

I love the picture of the living area from Ligne Roset - the open space and the chairs, off course it helps to have good lighting and beautiful wide board flooring. If that's what you're planning, maybe I'll look into booking my next photoshoot at your place.

Great chioces Ben. I am so delighted for you.