Although the architects are precisely recognized by their architecture, in many cases they were also dedicated to improving other aspects related to buildings, like decoration or furniture. In this way, famous architects such as Le Corbusier, Gaudi, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry made chairs for different houses.
Le Corbusier made a chaise longue design called LC4, a chair that stands out for its curved shape and ergonomics. One of the most important furniture of contemporary design, elegant, comfortable and the architect’s best-known chair. His LC1, on the other hand, is a light armchair whose backrest and seat are made of leather resting on a steel structure. It’s a functional and minimalist chair.
The peculiar Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi, designed numerous furniture for the buildings that he made. For Casa Batllo he made a solid oak dining chair, that fits to the body shapes, avoiding any straight line. He also made an original bench for the same house, with two seats separated by an armrest. It’s a different bench, with three front legs and two rear legs.
Mies van der Rohe created the Barcelona chair (model MR90) for the German pavilion at the International Exhibition of Barcelona in 1929. A classic of 20th century modern furniture. Its form comes from the “sella curulis”, a chair used by the Roman magistrates. Originally made in polished stainless steel, with the seat and back in leather. In 1950 the design would change a little for its mass production.
Frank Lloyd Wright also designed a very attractive furniture, his Barrel Chair was designed for the house of Herbert Johnson. As the name implies, its design is based on the shape of a barrel, with a circular seat made of leather.
Frank Gehry’s designs are as striking in his architecture as in his furniture. Wiggle Side Chair, with a sinuous, undulating and organic forms, this chair is made of pressed paperboard. Its design is perfect, being a durable and comfortable piece of furniture.