Design 101: 19 Iconic Chairs That Are Making a Huge Comeback

Gabrielle Savoie
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Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

If lighting is the jewelry of a room, a statement chair is like the designer bag. Well-designed and expertly crafted, they polish off any room—just like a Chanel 2.55 would an outfit. Made of supple leather, chromium steel, or luxe velvet, these chairs have curves in all the right places and are a testament that when form meets function, beautiful things happen. Like a Hermès Kelly bag, a good modern chair is not a steal, it's an investment that will last a lifetime—and never go out of style. 

We took hint from It girls like Kourtney Kardashian and Jenni Kayne to pick out chairs for our dream ski chalets, our grand dining rooms, and our cozy family rooms. These design aficionados collect Pierre Jeanneret and Hans J. Wegner the way others collect Prada and Hermès. Just like iconic handbags, some are still in production, while others have to be hunted at auctions and antique stores. Ready to invest in your own iconic chair? Learn all about the most iconic chairs of the 20th century—these are the Birkin bags of décor.

Can you name the chairs below? Click through the gallery above to find out—and pin this guide for future reference. 

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Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

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