I am absolutely and hopelessly in love with wire chairs. The intricate design and utter simplicity come together to make the wire chair a sculptural design item.
Here are 5 iconic wire chairs starting with my all time favorite:
- BERTOIA DIAMOND CHAIR (1952)
Harry Bertoia for Knoll
The graceful Diamond Chair is an astounding study in space, form and function by one of the master sculptors of the last century. Harry Bertoia described his work best: “They are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them.”
“With his iconic seating collection, Harry Bertoia transformed industrial wire rods into a new furniture form. The events that made this work possible began a decade earlier at Cranbrook Academy of Art when Bertoia met Florence Knoll (then Florence Schust). Years later, the Italian-born designer was invited to work for Florence and her husband Hans Knoll. Bertoia was given the freedom to work on whatever suited him, without being held to a strict design agenda, and the result of this arrangement was the Bertoia Seating Collection (1952). Featuring a delicate filigreed appearance that’s supremely strong, these airy seats are sculpted out of steel rods. In his art, Bertoia experimented with open forms and metal work, and these chairs were an extension of that work.”
The Bertoia Diamond Chair is available here.
2. EAMES WIRE CHAIR – DKR1 (1951)
Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
“Perhaps more than any design in their oeuvre, the shell chair represents the Eames’ disinterest in superficial aesthetics and their agnostic approach to material. What mattered most to them was the integrity of the form, function, and context—or as Charles often said: “The best for the most for the least.” It’s this attitude that pushed them to explore the shell chair in a variety of finishes, materials, and base configurations.
The Eames Wire Chair is a unique iteration in the shell chair’s continuous evolution. In the 1950s, the Eames Office started experimenting in bent and welded wire. Inspired by trays, dress forms, and baskets, the team developed a number of pieces, including the wire version of the single-shell form. ”
3. PASTOE WIRE CHAIR SM05 (1958)
Cees Braakman for Pastoe
“Dutchman Cees Braakman (1917-1995) meant a lot to Pastoe. From 1945 to 1978, he was head of the Pastoe design team and was responsible for the development of the first modern furniture line. Moreover, he created a clear and coherent collection of furniture conceived as functional objects, which put Pastoe on the map. In 1958 he designed one of the first chairs to be entirely fabricated from steel wire: the SM05. The SM05’s classic design has been adapted to fit current sensibilities and has been brought back into production. Its wire design gives the SM05 a spatial effect and the cushion and the shape of the backrest ensure a comfortable sitting experience.”
Pastoe Wire Chair is available here.
4. WM STRING DINING CHAIR (2010)
WM String Chair for MENU
The String Dining Chair is a part of Lightness in Lines collection by Rotterdam based design firm, Studio WM. “Inspired by the amazing fabrics that can be produced with a circular knitting machine, the design of the Dining Chair was born. The airy appearance of the wire frame shows an elegant contrast to the modern padded cushion.”
WM String Chair is available here.
5. BERTOIA SIDE CHAIR (1952)
Harry Bertoia for Knoll
The Bertoia Side Chair is an icon of mid-century modern design. Bertoia found sublime grace in an industrial material, creating a chair that works with any decor, in any room.
Bertoia Side Chair is available here.