In my last post I discussed iconic furniture pieces. There are just some pieces of furniture that will never go out of style and I believe if you really like a certain design but can’t afford an original buy the replica. Of course the original or licensed manufacturer’s item will most likely retain it’s value and therefor it’s an investment just like art work.
There are so many ways to include iconic furniture with your decor and one of the best ways is to juxtapose the iconic piece against it’s opposite style. What I mean is, if your decor style is traditional, find a piece that appeals to you in a similar color or wood finish that co-ordinates with the existing style, but choose a decor style opposite. By doing this you will create a statement piece and the eye will be automatically drawn to it.
The classic Wingback chair has been around since the 1600’s but even in traditional settings it can look contemporary with the right fabric choice. Today there so many great Wingback versions to suit any decor.
The Bentwood chair is also known as the Bistro chair which has found it’s home in restaurants and kitchen dinettes all over the world. It’s a reliable classic easily paired with most dining tables.
Today the Danish Wishbone chair is available in contemporary colors making it a versatile choice to update almost any room.
A modern room can be made classic by integrating three iconic pieces of furniture as seen below – Arco floor lamp by Achille Castiglioni , Arne Jacobsen’s Swan chair and the free form organic design coffee table by Noguchi circa 1948.
Note the Swan chair is used again finished in orange next to the Eileen Gray chrome side tables designed in 1927. In each room above and below, the iconic chair is used to accentuate the color scheme in the room.
Arne Jacobsen gave us other iconic beauties and one of the most beloved has got to be the curvaceous Series 7 pressed lacquered chair. It’s ability to be stacked makes it a favorite for many.
One of the most popular iconic items is the Barcelona chair, bench and daybed. This masculine style of furniture emphasizes it’s bold but simple lines.
I left the Eames husband and wife team for last simply because they are my personal favorite. They designed more than just furniture but we’ll save that for another post. With new technological manufacturing advances of the 1940’s they experimented with plastic molds and created some of the most popular chairs ever produced. Made of pressurized wood is their iconic LCW chair, which can now be found with a wide range of contemporary finishes.
If you ever watched the TV show Fraser you might remember the Eames lounger that was prominently featured in the condo scenes. See it here in it’s classic walnut and black leather finish.