Our 6 Favorite Modern Lounge Chairs of 2015
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The holidays are nothing if not prime time for engaging in some serious lounging around—which makes this roundup of our favorite lounge chairs of 2015 as good a time as any for considering the merits of a mindfully constructed, ergonomically composed, and visually edifying modern seating design. The 6 chairs featured here include reprisals of Mid Century classics and a […]
The holidays are nothing if not prime time for engaging in some serious lounging around—which makes this roundup of our favorite lounge chairs of 2015 as good a time as any for considering the merits of a mindfully constructed, ergonomically composed, and visually edifying modern seating design. The 6 chairs featured here include reprisals of Mid Century classics and a collection of inspired contemporary designs rightfully vying for future ‘iconic’ status. Each has its individual merits, but all share the same love of organic shapes that accommodate the human form willingly, innovative materials tailored for a body’s enduring comfort, and the singular esthetic sensibilities found in the best examples of modern design.
The Mater Shell Lounge Chair leverages (and honors) the time-tested skill of Indian craftsmen, practicing a waning craft, whose hand stitched saddle leather ‘shell’ is a defining characteristic of this low profile sculptural design from the Copenhagen-based studio. The Shell’s shapely form, subtle detailing, and solid wood frame (in beechwood or oak) belies its Scandinavian roots, but its signature roomy body, comprised of thick, pliable leather, gives it a distinctive contemporary seating profile.
If it seems improbable that Warren Platner’s universally lauded steel-based collection of tables and chairs for Knoll is half a century old, it’s only because it’s aged as gracefully as any visionary piece of design surely has. Knoll’s release of the Platner Gold edition honors the designer’s contribution in a fittingly showy way: by plating the collection’s famous ribbed metal frame in 18-karat gold—imbuing the Platner Gold Lounge Chair, a semicircle of plush, impossibly comfortable cushioning, with an extra layer of decadence.
The Gus Elk Lounge Chair remakes the traditional wingback chair with a jolt of contemporary panache, thanks to a distinctive sculptural shell fashioned from bent plywood, and a spacious seat and generous back neatly cushioned in impeccably tailored upholstery. The Elk, with its Mid Century overtones, inspired combination of materials, and handsome form, is a contemporary lounge chair with all the makings of a future classic.
Modloft URBN Simon Lounge Chair takes its cue from the Mid Century era’s enthusiasm for polished wood and organic forms, presenting 21st Century design buffs with a contemporary lounge chair all but impossible to resist. The Simon’s playful, yet refined, solid wood frame and jewel-toned linen tweed upholstery—who could pass up Russet, Forest, or Ruby?—may have retro-inspired joy going for it, but it’s deadly serious about inducing weary bodies to kick back and stay a while.
A winner from any angle, the shapely curves and luxurious cushioning of the Blu Dot Field Lounge Chair reprises the lost art of simply sitting still and wiling the hours away. An exactingly angled powder-coated steel base holds the bent plywood seat and back, a combination designed for enveloping the body—and inducing zoning out at full throttle.
Reprising a 1946 Eero Saarinen design, the Modernica Grasshopper Lounge Chair is distinct for the seamless angular wood forms that define the chair’s two legs and arms—emblematic of Saarinen’s visionary sensibilities. Visually sculptural, but deceptively comfortable—boasting lumbar support for the back—the Grasshopper, which Modernica has reengineered and updated for enhanced durability, is a modern lounge chair with staying power.