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3 Vintage Design Chairs

jenpen.studio - June 5, 2019 - 0 comments

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One thing I love to see is when old furniture come back in a new way. The word vintage before the word design is something that could be a piece to talk about in your interior. You know that you got something special.

Generally speaking if an item is no older than an antique but not less than 20 years, it’s called vintage.

Honestly, I just love everything that has a story and has already lived before some where. Vintage stores or thrift stores are my favorite when I visit cities in Europe.

So, I wanted to round up 3 design chairs that are very vintage, but are still number one sellers.


I was really obsessed with this design chair. When I was building my house and I was looking for unique furniture, the Barcelona chair kept popping up my search. This design is also available in various replica’s. Eventually I got two of the stools and they are like replica of the replica of the replica…and even bought them in sale. And still they weren’t super cheap.

The Barcelona chair is designed by Ludwig Mies van Rohe and Lilly Reich. It was originally designed for the German Pavilion. This is a building designed by the designers also and was used for the official opening of the German section of the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, Spain.

The frame of the chair was redesigned in 1950 using stainless steel, which allowed the frame to be formed by a seamless piece of metal, giving it a smoother look. And Bovine leather replaced the ivory-colored pigskin which was used for the original pieces.

Knowing this history, I can truly understand why the price tag can be a bit on a high side.


I promised a good friend of mine that when I get my first 100.000,- in the bank from revenue, I’m going to gift him this chair as a housewarming gift. So, he’s keeping his fingers crossed. But lines from this chair is straight up a beauty. It will level up your living room without a doubt.

The lounge chair and ottoman was designed by Charles & Ray Eames (husband and wife) for the Herman Miller furniture company and were released in 1956. It was the first chair that they designed for the a high-end market.
They aimed to develop furniture that could be mass-produced and affordable, with the exception of the Eames Lounge Chair.
The shells of the chair and ottoman, were made up of fine thin layers of plywood which was covered by a veneer of Brazilian rosewood. The chair swivels on a cast aluminium base, with glides that are threaded so that the chair may remain level.


Okay, so this chair seriously has been made now in so many forms and colors. Some look so freaky cheap and some do look like the original. I’m not a big fan of the design (I do like the armchair a bit more), but I wanted to put in the list as the form of the design is something that is still very popular and is sold everywhere nowadays.

This vintage DSW (dining side chair wooden base) was also designed by the Eames couple. A great collaboration between Herman Miller and the Eameses. This design appeared on the market in 1950. Can you believe that it was intentionally designed for the ‘International Competition for low-cost Furniture design’? The competition was motivated by the urgent need in the post-war period for low-cost housing and furnishing designs adaptable to small housing units.
It comes in a variety of colors and bases, such as the ‘Eiffel Tower’ metal base, a wooden base and rocker base.

So, this was my 3, very popular, vintage design chairs round-up. Do you have any of them in the original form or maybe a replica? Do share with me in the comment section below.

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