Our top five chairs designed by architects
Obviously these designs aren’t necessarily favourites for practicality or comfort. Instead these are chairs that reflect the individual architect's underlying idelogy as much as their unique style.
Alvar Aalto. Arm-rest chair No. 31. 1931
The Finnish architect was also responsible for a huge range of distinctive design pieces – and you can see such work at the Alvar Aalto Museum (designed by Aalto himself) in his hometown of Jyväskylä.
Frank Lloyd Wright. Barrel chair. 1937.
Wright was renowned for designing a wide range of furniture to suit the celebrated style of his buildings. His barrel chair would have looked perfectly at home perched near a window at the legendary Falling Water.
Arne Jacobsen. Egg chair. 1958.
The Danish architect and designer first conceived this piece for the lobby of the Royal Hal in Copenhagen. Commissioned to design not just the hotel building but also every element inside it, Jacobsen delivered an altogether iconic chair in the process.
Frank Gehry. Wiggle chair. 1972.
With the same bold curves his buildings are renowned for Gehry’s cardboard construction is at once fascinating, stylish and just a little bit scary for those taking a seat for the first time.
Daniel Libeskind. Torq chair. 2010.
Intricate, weighty and hard to look away from, the Torq chair is inspired by Leonardo’s inscription of the human figure. Whether it’s suited for delivering comfort and relaxation to this figure is another matter altogether.