The Chairs of Mid-Century Modern

January 3rd, 2011

It’s a new year and along with it comes a remarkable collection via Flickr from one my most-favorable categories: Mid-century Modern. These chairs come from the 50s, 60s, and 70s; while some lived on, a number fell by the wayside for obvious reasons.

Some of my favorites in this collection include the iconic Eero Aarnio Ball chair, Eames Molded Plywood chair and of course the Eames Lounge chair.

Which chair is your favorite?

See Day 2: The Interiors
See Day 3: The Architecture
See Day 4: The Illustration
See Day 5: The Graphic Design

Posted by on 01/3/11 in Design, Interior design, Mid Century

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  1. rick says:

    my wife & i bought each other a molded plywood eames LCW (walnut) for christmas. something i’ve wanted for a long time. it’s my favorite piece. nice post, shelby.

  2. andrew says:

    I’m really fond of the elda chair (right above the eames lounge chair), especially in that white color. It seems like the sort of chair I’d spend countless hours in.

  3. Brennan says:

    I’m a sucker for the classic Eames lounge, personally.

    I love that second picture because everything looks so soft and comfortable. I’m finding that chairs recently are getting cheaper (read: crappily built) and less comfortable because of both poor design and saving cents when being made in China out of some particle board or whatever.

    It’s a shame, really.

  4. Damien says:

    omg… i love this.

  5. I don’t know what the name of the chair is or who made it, but for my entire childhood my grandparents had a set of about 6 of the chairs from the first image, except with a red seat instead of gold. At the time I thought they were dated, but they were so well built, and lasted for so long. I just couldn’t appreciate the aesthetic at the time.

  6. Kim - Au Le says:

    You don’t have my no.1 favorite the egg chair here but tulip chair is a nice one, too. Love the post, Shelby.
    Which one did you tell me you want to get last time?

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  10. Shelby White says:

    @Sam, growing up I had no appreciation for any MCM design and these chairs just went right over my head. Now, I can’t get enough of them and when seeing in a store, I OOO and AAHH endlessly.

    @Kim Link us your favorite chair—the chair that I mentioned was the Eames Lounger which is this chair to the left in this image.

  11. Kevin says:

    forget the chairs! i want that chick’s sunglasses!

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  13. chairsmith says:

    Wow! A fantastic collection of photographs – we could look at this little lot all day!

  14. James Hazell says:

    Hey just a thought anyone looking to do a trade for a Milo Baughman Bridge lounge and ottoman (mine) for a Hans Wegner Ox Chair and ottoman (yours). Please email me at Its a gorgeous lounge in chrome and leather from 1960s and in excellent shape worth around $6500 US. I have always loved the Ox Chair and its time for a change. email me and I’ll supply photos. I live in Canada west coast (BC)


  15. darrell says:

    Awesome post. I love the ball chair. give me an iPad, a couple bluetooth speakers embedded in the side padding and I might never leave it. I wonder if you could get pizza delivered right to your chair …

  16. vincent says:

    on the 2nd photo, i think the human model played a role to make the photo more interesting.
    but i cant help looking at the model’s right thumb. i think its a little deformed.. isn’t it not..?

    anyhow,nice collection of old photos. i think the eggshell chair is widely used again today. the designers today makes their life easy by just using the old designs.

    vincent, eton properties

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  22. Chahyay says:

    nice article with beautiful designs of chairs plz share the catalog and the names of these designs it helps to define required designs

  23. Marie White says:

    Nice Collection, from the mid-century, the chairs were really classy, found it helpful when buying one for me. Thanks for posting it.

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