Modern Chairs shows you that you can find the best chair design at the best fashion houses like Chanel. Through the times, this simple piece of furniture has been placed to show glamour, elegance and status.
Chanel fall 2016.
First designed by Gaetano Descalzi in the small Italian town of Chiavari in the early 1800s, these designer chairs were exemplars of “light” furniture. Napoleon III had them at St.-Cloud; Jack and Jackie used them at their wedding; and they were once a ubiquitous presence in couture salons. At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld presented a “front row–only” ready-to-wear show to guests perched on spindly ballroom chairs, an act of gilded democracy.
A 1958 couture showing.
Chez Christian Dior, 1947. At fashion shows the sitting was distributed according to one’s social status. Therefore, the gold sitting room chairs in the back were for less known families, while this more comfortable chair was given to more well connected families.
Many versions of this iconic chair design can be found. The one above from Boca do Lobo is most luxurious and glamorous one. A sense of fun and frivolity pervades in this modern chair, but this exclusive piece also manages to be sophisticated, thought-provoking and (above all) finely handcrafted.
Christian Dior’s New Look, 1947. Now-a-days these designer chairs can also be used as dining chairs or living room chairs.
Mia Farrow chez Pierre Cardin, 1967. Once again, the designer chairs are placed on the runway front row.
Saint Laurent, 2016. Here, gold was replaced by black glossy chairs.
Images source: Vogue