Iconic designer chairs: furniture stores to buy the originals in Singapore
The Thonet café chair. The Egg. The Eames lounge. The Barcelona. The Ghost Chair… Got a thing for the design icons and a space that’s begging to be decorated? Get a little backgrounder on the provenance of these museum-worthy designer chairs (it’s no coincidence the most innovative designs came from architects) and if you’ve fallen in love, you might want to note the furniture stores in Singapore where you can snap one up for yourself. We’re talking authentic, of course.
Designer: Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, 1958
When it comes to design, the Danes can do no wrong. Architect Arne Jacobsen is remembered as one of the masters of minimalist Danish style, and we have the iconic Egg and Swan (top, both formed to create an elegant embrace) to thank him for.
Where to get it: Danish Design Co; 100e Pasir Panjang Road, Century Warehouse #06-03 Singapore 118521
Louis XV Ghost Chair
Designer: Philippe Starck for Kartell, 1992
Gotta love Philippe Starck’s playfulness: the Ghost Chair is baroque all over, but makes a clear case for a modern perspective on classical forms. Famously created with single-mould injected polycarbonate, it’s ornate without being OTT and thanks to its transparency (with a tint, if you fancy), it gives off that graceful vibe. We’ve never put this to the test, but we hear they’re pretty damn hard to break.
Where to get it: Space Furniture; 77 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189653
Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Designer: Charles and Ray Eames, 1956
See yourself kicking back (and indulging in the occasional swivel) in the iconic Eames Lounge Chair? This chair and ottoman has been lending Mad Men cred to lounges and sleek offices since the ‘50s. With its veneer shell and luxe leather, this set is one of the most recognisable creations to come from Charles and Ray Eames – possibly the design and photography world’s greatest couple.
Where to get it:
Xtra; 6 Raffles Boulevard #02-48 Marina Square, Singapore 039594
The Barcelona Chair
Designer: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1929
German-American architect Van der Rohe designed this bauhaus beauty in collaboration with Lilly Reich for the German Pavillion at the 1929 Exposition in Barcelona – its scissor-shape design and tufted leather made this lounge chair an innovative piece in its day and still looks of-the-moment. Van der Rohe is, after all, one of the masters of modernist architecture. Van der Rohe’s most recognisable furniture design is produced by Knoll.
Where to get it:
Dream Interiors; DREAM Shop-in-shop, ION Orchard 04-16, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801 and 1 Kallang Junction, Vanguard Campus, Singapore 339263 (coming Q1 2018)
Vienna coffee house chair
Designer: Michael Thonet, 1859
The unmistakable curves of Thonet’s classic bentwood cafe chair can be spotted a mile away: it is, after all, the world’s best-selling chair. Fun fact: this was the world’s first mass-produced chair, and the first that was designed to be shipped in parts as a ready-to-assemble piece. (Could this be the inspiration behind the whole IKEA flat pack universe?) Yes the F&B scene the world over has done this bistro chair to death, but we never tire of its fluid design and love seeing this chair in modern dining rooms – especially in ultra bold black. Today, the No. 14 chair is produced under TON, and by Thonet Europe as the 214 chair.
Where to get it: Grafunkt; 9 Raffles Boulevard #02-34/35/36 Millenia Walk Singapore, 039596
Where to now?
- That iconic chair might need a cushion that will change everything;
- Now sit back and fill the rest of your house with vintage furniture;
- If all this sitting is indeed the new smoking, time to get outside – and stroll through Singapore’s leafier streets.