ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Part Two

Lets be honest, being an architect results in a whole lot of sitting. Whether we are sitting down with a client or sitting in front of the computer, the chairs we surround ourselves with are an important detail in the everyday routine of an architect. ArchDaily has created a list of a few favorite chairs we wouldn’t mind spending our life with. We feel it is important that every architect has a well designed chair that keeps the legs from falling asleep as well as some designer eye-candy for the office. There are many fantastic chairs in this world, so please, share with us your favorite!

What: Eames® Lounge and Ottoman

Why: Designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller®, the Eames® Lounge and Ottoman is a timeless design with a “warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” This is the perfect chair to entice any busy architect to put their feet up and take a quick break. The hand-assembled Eames® Lounge and Ottoman has been in continuous production since its introduction in 1956 and is considered one of the most significant designs of the 20th century. The seat is balanced on a five-start, die-cast aluminum base with adjustable stainless steel glides for uneven floors. It is constructed to last and available in Spinneybeck® Vicenza leather – a high-quality, Greenguard-certified leather with a breathable finish that protects against UV rays and spills.

Where: HermanMiller, Design Within Reach


What: Aeron Chair

Why: Designed by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick, the Aeron Chair is the most well-known ergonomic office chair ever made. Upholstery is replaced with the breathable, form-fitting Pellicle suspension that forms to every body shape, reducing pressure points and allowing you to become one with your chair. The superior ergonomics keeps your spine aligned, blood circulating and allows for natural body movements in order to keep you comfortable and focused all day long. On top of all that goodness, more than half of that chair is made from recyclable materials and the chair itself is 94 percent recyclable.

Where: HermanMiller, MoMA


What: Buttercup Chair

Why: This plywood bent beauty will keep your client comfortable for just long enough, as the smooth curves elegantly cradles the body. The Buttercup Chair is available in rift-sawn white oak, graphite-on-oak and walnut with a brushed stainless steel base. It is also available as a rocker.



What: Chair One

Why: Whether you want it stackable or on a concrete swivel base, this aluminum Chair One is an eye-catching design by Konstantin Crcic and manufactured by Magis. “Through his minimalist industrial style, he has constructed a form that’s statuesque, elegant and hard to forget.” Chair One is available in a few different styles, including a stackable stool.



What: LC-1 Chair

Why: Do you really want to “wow” your client? Have them sit in the iconic LC-1 Chair designed in 1928 by architects Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand, forerunners of the International Style. The LC-1 Chair is a classic sling chair with a steel frame, a black saddle leather seat, back, and arms. Its clean, contemporary style makes any space classy. It is manufactured in Italy by Cassina under license from the Le Corbusier Foundation.

Where: MoMA

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Part Two" 13 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>