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A small glossary of chairs

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Chairs usually have four legs, although the new innovative designs of today seem, in many cases, to defy the laws of gravity. It dates back to Ancient Egypt, where chairs were built with ebony, ivory or wood and had a significance beyond that of just a seat. Instead, they represented status, dignity and nobility. 

However, recent decades have had a rather large effect on the regular chair; new materials and new designs begin to take prominence over conventional chairs. Posture and ergonomics are now more important than aesthetics. The humble chair is no more—hence why we have put together an ideabook to showcase the incredible transformation it has undergone!


We present Midori, born from Scandinavian style, this chair is built with ash wood. Functional, simple and comfortable, the padding to the back and base give it a cosy and homely feel. As always, you can choose from a range of different colours.

Three legged

Continuing with Scandinavian style, but with a totally different shape and design to the previous model. With only three legs, the piece is a totally new take on chair design. The author found inspiration in nature, and is not difficult to guess where from. The support in the form of branched tree gives us a clue. A perfect model for home or business use.

A modern classic

We can't write about chairs without mentioning one of the undisputed classics. Designed by Charles & Ray Eames in 1950, this chair was the result of a competition organized by MoMA, whose motto was: Low Cost Furniture Design. And although his initial design employed other materials, the casing is now made with organic polypropylene. The classics never go out of style and this is the best example.


Born in Itsasu, a small town north of Basque, 33 years ago, this furniture workshop was born from the initiative of five friends who had a dream: to promote employment in a little industrialised rural area. With deep values, this cooperative exudes enthusiasm and professionalism, offering the high quality designs arising from this passionate collaboration. 

This particular model is made from wood strips and assembled without the use of screws, spikes, notches or metal fittings.

Dine in comfort

 Living room by homify

Koila Chair


Designed for restaurants and foodies in general, Koila was conceived to cater for those who want to be comfortable while they eat. In this style, you can recline in the correct upright position for both your back and arms.

Limited edition

A folded steel sheet shapes this original model constructed from bold lines and quirky bends. Called Kaluza, it combines design and comfort, all whilst being an outstanding model of chair design. Erring closer to the side of art than furniture, this is an amazing feature piece to have in your home.


 Living room by KIMXGENSAPA

Narcissus Chair


Greek mythology tells us that Narcissus, a young and very beautiful man, fell in love with his own image reflected in a fountain. Because of this, he ended up throwing himself into the water, where grew a beautiful flower which took its name. 

This is the name given to the collection that this particular chair is part of. At first glance, ordinary; a little closer, extraordinary.


Stretch, is a quirky and different chair which is hand made. Its structure is made of steel and the seat and backrest are made of tubular profiles of latex and rubber cords. We can find it in different colours and, despite its complicated appearance, it is a very comfortable model.

To see more amazing furniture design see ’An explosion of colour in our homes and The perfect couple: table and chairs’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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