Design armchairs

How to choose this product

A design armchair is characterized by innovative or unusual construction, shape, colors or materials. Its function may not be recognizable. For example, it could be an amorphous piece in synthetic rattan with brightly colored removable cushions.

Applications

Such chairs may have multiple, innovative features, including built-in shelving or lighting. It may even encourage users to sit in unconventional positions.

Technologies

Unusual structural materials include cast bronze and thermoplastic. Innovative materials such as recycled yarn and cardboard are sometimes used for the upholstery.

How to choose

Determine whether chair style will complement or contrast with its environment. If it has an unusual shape, ensure that there is adequate room around it to avoid the space looking cramped and to allow for easy movement. Consider whether the chair will serve a particular purpose or if it is primarily decorative. Other factors include comfort, appearance, durability, ease of maintenance, weather and stain resistance, and mobility.

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1 products Molteni & C
Molteni & C SOL by Constance Guisset
Original design rocking armchair SOL by Constance Guisset Molteni & C

Constance Guisset confirms her creative spirit in her first design for a Molteni&C product, matching her rigorous study on the development of surfaces...

18 products Hay a/s
video Hay a/s PRINCE by Louise Campbell
Original PRINCE by Louise Campbell Hay a/s

Prince Chair was originally designed for a competition in 2002, based on creating a chair for His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Denmark. The seat is inspired by the old paper cuttings of H. C. Andersen...

Hay a/s OTHER ONE by Leif Jorgensen
Original design modular armchair OTHER ONE by Leif Jorgensen Hay a/s

ONE is a collection of upholstered furniture that incorporates geometric and organic themes. The concept originates from an ambition to make something different, invent a new...

Hay a/s COPENHAGUE
Contemporary wooden chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (Scandinavian design) COPENHAGUE Hay a/s

HAY has invited Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, to design a new collection of furniture for the redesigned University of Copenhagen (KUA). The collection includes a wooden chair, a bar...

Hay a/s ABOUT : AAC12 by Hee Welling
Contemporary wood chair (Scandinavian design) ABOUT : AAC12 by Hee Welling Hay a/s

The idea behind the About A Chair-collection has been to develop a chair with conspicuous simplicity. A chair which works just as well around...

Hay a/s J104 by Joergen Baekmark
Contemporary wood chair (Scandinavian design) J104 by Joergen Baekmark Hay a/s

J104 dining chair is part of HAY’s 2011 relaunch of the Danish furniture classics originally made for FDB (The Danish ConsumersCo-operative Society). Functionalist...

Hay a/s J110 by Poul M. Volther
Contemporary wood chair (Scandinavian design) J110 by Poul M. Volther Hay a/s

J110 dining chair is part of HAY’s 2011 relaunch of the Danish furniture classics originally made for FDB (The Danish ConsumersCo-operative...

2 products Heller
Heller CAPITELLO by Studio 65
Original design fireside chair CAPITELLO by Studio 65 Heller

If it’s Greek to you, you’ll love Capitello. This cult classic from 1971 adds a witty accent to any indoor and outdoor...

Heller JOE by De Pas, D'Urbino & Lomazzi
Contemporary armchair (pop design) JOE by De Pas, D'Urbino & Lomazzi Heller

Designed in 1970. Joe, an oversized baseball glove, is now being reissued in an indoor/outdoor polymer. Joe, in tobacco...

14 products MOROSO
MOROSO ANTIBODI
Original design sled-base armchair by Patricia Urquiola ANTIBODI MOROSO

Structure Base in stainless steel and glides in PVC . Structural cover in fabric or leather bonded...

MOROSO BINTA by Philippe Bestenheider
Original design fireside chair BINTA by Philippe Bestenheider MOROSO

Structure Injected flame-retardant foam over internal steel frame . Glides , screwed to the frame, in...

MOROSO BOHEMIAN
Original design swivel armchair by Patricia Urquiola BOHEMIAN MOROSO

Structure Frame in resin upholstered with flame-retardant injected foam . Base of the armchairs in varnished steel in the colours...

MOROSO PAPER PLANES by Nipa Doshi Jonathan Levien
Original PAPER PLANES by Nipa Doshi Jonathan Levien MOROSO

Structure Injected flame-retardant foam over internal steel frame . Base in varnished matte graphite or Oxidored...

MOROSO SMOCK
Original design swivel armchair by Patricia Urquiola SMOCK MOROSO

Structure Injected flame-retardant foam over internal steel frame . Arms in steel upholstered in leather, same version as armchair or on request. Rotary base in varnished...

MOROSO TROPICALIA
Original design sled-base armchair by Patricia Urquiola TROPICALIA MOROSO

Structure Stainless steel or varnished for outdoor in the colours shown in "Materials and Finishes" with glides in PVC. Weave in natural leather or in engineering polymer yarn in the colours shown in...

20 products Cappellini
Cappellini ECO FISH by Satyendra Pakhale'
Original design fireside chair ECO FISH by Satyendra Pakhale' Cappellini

A showcase armchair for the latest advancement in fabrication: produced entirely from multicolour...

Cappellini SUPERHEROES by Gllmpt Studio
Original design fireside chair SUPERHEROES by Gllmpt Studio Cappellini

A family of seating furniture, where the large stool can also be used as a table. Threads are rolled around a tubing that is attached to a metal frame, this process originates from a Vietnamese technique...

video Cappellini TRON by Dror Benshetrit
Original TRON by Dror Benshetrit Cappellini

Conceived from the futuristic world of the Disney film TRON: Legacy, the Tron Armchair is a product profoundly inspired by material with features that are reminiscent of the rugged and rocky landscape...

Cappellini ANTLER
Original design fireside chair by Studio Nendo ANTLER Cappellini

Low armchair, assembled massive ash olive tree-stained backrest, soft seat in moulded polyurethane upholstered...

Cappellini CAPO by Doshi Levien
Original CAPO by Doshi Levien Cappellini

The first collaboration between Doshi Levien and Cappellini gave rise to Capo, an armchair with a slender yet enveloping form. Its shape and materiality came from the image...

4 products MDF Italia
MDF Italia LOFTY by P. Cazzaniga
Original design fireside chair LOFTY by P. Cazzaniga MDF Italia

Armchair and chaise-longue. From polished AISI304 stainless steel or with self-supporting structure in baydur and polyurethane,...

MDF Italia SIGN by P.Cazzaniga
Original design fireside chair SIGN by P.Cazzaniga MDF Italia

Armchair and chaise longue in polyamide lacquered in gloss white, red, yellow and black....

MDF Italia SIGN by P. Cazzaniga
Original design chair SIGN by P. Cazzaniga MDF Italia

Chair in gloss lacquered polyamide in white, red, yellow and...

MDF Italia LOFTY by P. Cazzaniga
Original design chair LOFTY by P. Cazzaniga MDF Italia

From polished AISI304 stainless steel or with self-supporting structure in baydur...

6 products Nienkamper
Nienkamper ARDA®
Original design fireside chair ARDA® Nienkamper

The ARDA® chair presents a charming contemporary look with comfort. This chair offers a space-efficient design that retains a small footprint and is effortless to reposition. The beautiful finished...

Nienkamper HAB™ by Brigitte Shim & Howard Sutcliffe
Original design wood armchair HAB™ by Brigitte Shim & Howard Sutcliffe Nienkamper

The HAB™ Chair is perfect for large public spaces, as it commands a presence and is a beautiful...

Nienkamper PYRAMID
Original by Karim Rashid PYRAMID Nienkamper

Karim Rashid´s newest lounge chair for Nienkämper, borrows a monumental form from ancient Egypt and stands it on its head. What´s the point? According to Rashid, the visionary designer...

Nienkamper PLEAT by four o nine
Contemporary design chair (minimalist design) PLEAT by four o nine Nienkamper

The Dining Chair is a dramatically cantilevered chair supported by a structural fold. Inspired by pleating techniques in fashion design,...

Nienkamper SPIRIT HOUSE by Daniel Libeskind
Original design metal chair SPIRIT HOUSE by Daniel Libeskind Nienkamper

The creation of the Spirit House Chair was influenced by its surroundings. In this case, the new Michael Lee-Chin Crystal’s exterior and the interlocking, self-supporting structures,...

Nienkamper GRANGER by Bangdesign & Formway Design
Contemporary sled-base armchair GRANGER by Bangdesign & Formway Design Nienkamper

In profile, the Granger armchair recalls the graceful curve of a waterfall. An equally...

8 products CLASSICON
CLASSICON CHAOS
Original design fireside chair by Konstantin Grcic CHAOS CLASSICON

When a highly individual minimalist like Konstantin Grcic designs his first upholstered furniture, the result is bound to be extraordinary. With his chair, Chaos, he has stretched the boundaries...

CLASSICON AIXIA
Contemporary chair by Eileen Gray (Bauhaus design) AIXIA CLASSICON

Aixia was one of Eileen Gray’s personal favourites. She used this chair in all of her apartments, sometimes in the dining room, sometimes at a desk. Even in 1929, when...

CLASSICON MARS
Original design chair by Konstantin Grcic MARS CLASSICON

Mars Konstantin Grcic 2003 Chair with a shell in synthetic resin. Cover in fabric or leather. If you are looking for a chair which is like no other chair,...

CLASSICON ROQUEBRUNE
Contemporary leather chair by Eileen Gray (Bauhaus design) ROQUEBRUNE CLASSICON

For the terrace of her second house in Castellar Eileen Gray designed a very comfortable chair with a deep seating...

CLASSICON VENUS
Original design chair by Konstantin Grcic VENUS CLASSICON

As far as Konstantin Grcic was concerned, the thought of designing the 1001st tame chair version with four legs was just too boring. Instead he created from the intelligent...

CLASSICON BIBENDUM
Contemporary armchair by Eileen Gray (Bauhaus design) BIBENDUM CLASSICON

Bibendum is one of a kind. Nowhere in the history of design will one find an armchair that compares to this. It is captivatingly harmonious despite...

5 products MAGIS
MAGIS SPUN by Thomas Heatherwick
Original SPUN by Thomas Heatherwick MAGIS

Rotating Chair. Year of production:...

MAGIS PASO DOBLE by Stefano Giovannoni
Contemporary lounge chair (minimalist design) PASO DOBLE by Stefano Giovannoni MAGIS

Stacking chaise longue. Year of production: 2009. Material: frame...

MAGIS BOMBO by Stefano Giovannoni
Original design swivel chair BOMBO by Stefano Giovannoni MAGIS

Swivel chair. Year of production: 1999. Adjustable in height...

MAGIS VOIDO
Original design polyethylene fireside chair by Ron Arad VOIDO MAGIS

Rocking chair. Year of production: 2006. Material:...

8 products DRIADE
DRIADE SABRINA
Original by Alessandro Mendini SABRINA DRIADE

In 1981 Alessandro Mendini, reissued, in a totally unexpected way, the forgotten and “bourgeois” type...

DRIADE NEMO
Original by Fabio Novembre NEMO DRIADE

Fabio Novembre uses furniture design to tell intense and fascinating stories in which the protagonist is often the human...

DRIADE PLIÉ by Ludovica & Roberto Palomba
Original PLIÉ by Ludovica & Roberto Palomba DRIADE

An outdoor sofa but designed for the old aged and very noble art of conversation. In this sofa everyone can find his ideal depth...

DRIADE MT
Original design rocking armchair by Ron Arad MT DRIADE

MT", or the initials that calls these pieces designed by Ron Arad, are pronounced in English as "empty" meaning...

DRIADE MT
Original design chair by Ron Arad MT DRIADE

MT", or the initials that calls these pieces designed by Ron Arad, are pronounced in English as "empty" meaning...

DRIADE CLOVER
Contemporary chair by Ron Arad (design pop) CLOVER DRIADE

Can armchairs become flowers? Flowers of an unknown...

4 products Cassina
Cassina 654 TORSO by Paolo Deganello
Original 654 TORSO by Paolo Deganello Cassina

Asymmetric left or right armchair, armchair with footrest and sofa with steel skeletal frame, padded with CFC-free...

Cassina KAZUKI by Kazuhide Takahama
Contemporary design chair (minimalist design) KAZUKI by Kazuhide Takahama Cassina

Polyester lacquered chair frame available in gloss or matt finish, seat...

Cassina 181 CLOTH by Markus Jehs & Juergen Laub
Contemporary armchair (organic design) 181 CLOTH by Markus Jehs & Juergen Laub Cassina

With its visual linearity and soft and welcoming structure, this armchair is the epitome of extreme and deliberate simplicity. The internal...

2 products ALIAS
ALIAS MONOFLEXUS - 911 by Paolo Rizzatto
Original MONOFLEXUS - 911 by Paolo Rizzatto ALIAS

Armchair with holes and high back. Structure in CFC free...

ALIAS TT1 HIGH - 628
Contemporary armchair with footstool by Alfredo Häberli TT1 HIGH - 628 ALIAS

Armchair with high back in CFC free expanded polyurethane foam with steel inlay...

3 products Blå Station
Blå Station FELLOW by Fredrik Mattson
Original FELLOW by Fredrik Mattson Blå Station

Fellow is a personal piece of furniture that can be formed and shaped individually, changing appearance and characteristics accordingly. Create your own Fellow by selecting different fabrics or leather...

Blå Station SPOOK by Iskos-Berlin
Original SPOOK by Iskos-Berlin Blå Station

Spook armchair, made exclusively out of form felt, is at home...

Blå Station INNOVATION C by Fredrik Mattson
Original design swivel chair INNOVATION C by Fredrik Mattson Blå Station

Innovation C is a multi-function swivel seat. In Innovation C you can sit as you choose, there is no back and no front, the backrest can also be used as a table. Place your lap-top on the add-on table...

2 products Kartell
Kartell 4801
Original by Joe Colombo 4801 Kartell

Kartell pays homage for the fi rst time to one of the most iconic pieces in its museum with its reedition of the 4801...

Kartell MAGIC HOLE
Original design garden armchair by Philippe Starck & Eugeni Quitllet MAGIC HOLE Kartell

Kartell’s new outdoor products manufactured using the rotational moulding technique: the Magic Hole series consists of a two-seater sofa and an armchair with an uncluttered snappy silhouette...

3 products Bernini
1 products POLTRONA FRAU
POLTRONA FRAU GHOSTFIELD
Original by Paola Navone GHOSTFIELD POLTRONA FRAU

Poltrona Frau exposes itself and reveals the soul of one of its icons. Chester, straight from the historical archives, the year 1912. Armchair...

3 products Poliform
Poliform TOKYO by Niels Bendsten
Contemporary chair (Scandinavian design) TOKYO by Niels Bendsten Poliform

A chair characterized by two key influences: a deep appreciation...

Poliform GASTON by Vincent Van Duysen
Contemporary armchair (Scandinavian design) GASTON by Vincent Van Duysen Poliform

Gentlemanly name, elegant features... Gaston, the latest Poliform...

9 products SOFTLINE A/S
new SOFTLINE A/S RIO by Busk & Hertzog
Original RIO by Busk & Hertzog SOFTLINE A/S

Dynamic and joyful RIO is a modern lounge chair with a dynamic, joyful design...

SOFTLINE A/S GRAND PRIX by Format
Original design rocking armchair GRAND PRIX by Format SOFTLINE A/S

A different kind of rocking chair The decorative GRAND PRIX rocking chair is one of a kind. The...

SOFTLINE A/S ORLANDO by Busk & Hertzog
Contemporary swivel chair (design pop) ORLANDO by Busk & Hertzog SOFTLINE A/S

Casual and happy ORLANDO is a modern swivel chair in a simple, happy...

SOFTLINE A/S EASY by Philip Bro
Contemporary sun lounger (minimalist design) EASY by Philip Bro SOFTLINE A/S

Relax in elegant comfort The curvy lines of EASY invite you to relax in elegant comfort. Use EASY...

SOFTLINE A/S NOOMI by Susanne Grønlund
Contemporary armchair (Scandinavian design) NOOMI by Susanne Grønlund SOFTLINE A/S

Elegant lounge chair NOOMI is a modern chair with a classic feel. The soft, simple...

SOFTLINE A/S SCOPE by Robert Zoller
Contemporary armchair (Scandinavian design) SCOPE by Robert Zoller SOFTLINE A/S

Comfy and compact With its small, comfy and compact form, SCOPE offers a modern...

Christopher Guy Europe 60-0330
Original design fireside chair 60-0330 Christopher Guy Europe

Inspired by Asian Cormandel carvings, this contemporary...

Christopher Guy Europe 60-0072
Original design chair 60-0072 Christopher Guy Europe

The extravagant classicism of a dramatic tall back...

Christopher Guy Europe 60-0222
Original design chair 60-0222 Christopher Guy Europe

This masterly upholstered torch-back...

5 products CINNA
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