Have A Seat! Chair Style Guide

When it comes to chairs there are so many out there. You might hear words like Eames, Queen Anne or Bentwood thrown around but have no idea what they mean!

I’ve done a bit of research for myself lately and thought I’d share the names (and some background) on various chair styles & designs.

Ball Chair

The Ball Chair was designed by Finnish furniture designer Eero Aarnio in 1963. The Ball Chair is also known as the globe chair and is famous for its unconventional shape. It is considered a classic of industrial design.

 

Bentwood/Thonet Chair

Bentwood objects are those made by wetting wood, then bending it and letting it harden into curved shapes and patterns.

The No 14 Chair & No 18 Chair by Thonet are the most common and well known bentwood Chairs.

 

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Official titles are Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671)
They are Made of molded plywood and leather, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company and released in 1956. It was the first chair that the Eames designed for a high-end market.

 

Barcelona chair

A modernist style chair designed in 1929

 

Club Chair

A club chair is a type of armchair, usually covered in leather. It was created and made in France.

 

Wishbone Chair

Designed in 1949 by Danish designer Hans Wegner.

 

Tolix Chair

This simple industrial metal chair was designed by Xavier Pauchard.

 

Eames DSW Chair

Another one from Ray & Charles Eames designed in 1948. DSW stands for Dining Side Wood.

Replicas of this chair are currently very popular.

 

Windsor Chair

A Windsor chair is a chair built with a solid wooden seat and the chair-back and legs pushed into a drilled hole in the seat.

 

Ladder Back Chair

I think this style is fairly self explanatory 🙂

 

Queen Anne

Queen Anne style furniture (Developed during and after the reign of Queen Anne of Great Britain) featured curved shapes such as the cabriole legs and cushioned seats

All images have been sourced from Houzz.