Well Crafted Furniture is a Type of Functional Art

Written by Channel 11 Houston on October 27, 2013. Posted in Designers chairs, Eames loung chair, Tolix stool

Designer chairs

Did you know that the furniture market in the United States rakes in an estimated $63 billion per year? Sales of new home furnishings decreased a great deal in 2008 post housing market crash. Luckily, however, sales of designer furniture like the Tolix stool and ghost chairs started to pick up during 2012 and 2013. Designers chairs have been selling particularly well recently.

Besides being a purely functional object, furniture is a form of art that requires a great deal of skill to produce. The Eames designers chairs, which were intended specifically for a high end market, came out in 1956 after years of development. The Eames Lounge chair, which first appeared on the Arlene Francis ‘Home” show broadcast on the NBC in 1956, is an example of designers chairs falling into the Danish modern furniture category. Danish modern furniture enjoyed a great deal of popularity during the mid 20th century.

Stackable Ghost chairs made from translucent injection molded polycarbonate are another example of designers chairs that are well loved. These designers chairs continue to be sought after by furniture enthusiasts and hip young people alike, as is the Tolix stool, originally produced in 1934 and considered the first example of modernist furniture. The Tolix stool is often used as a bar or counter stool. It also can be pulled up to a drafting table. Though it is not technically a designers chair because it does not have a back, it is often thought of as one.

The Noguchi coffee table is also considered a modern classic, but it is not at all rare. This table has a wood base, the construction of which depends on two identically curved wood pieces. A heavy plate glass piece is placed on top. Many people who love the Tolix stool and Eames designers chairs also have a soft spot for the Noguchi coffee table.

Mid Century modernist furniture like the Tolix stool, Eames designers chairs, and ghost chairs have never truly gone out of style, though the popularity of the current television program “Mad Men,” which takes place in the Madison Avenue advertising world during the 1960s, has pushed the level of appreciation for the sleek design and excellent craftsmanship of these designers chairs and tables to new levels. A new generation of Americans is learning to love these incredible designers chairs for being the functional works of art that they really are.

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