10 Best Retro Chairs of All Time

Inside the nutshell, retro chairs are furniture style from the recent past. However, many people call furniture style from the year 1920 the retro style. Please note that the word "retro" refers to the "imitation" of style. Then, retro chair or retro furniture is usually not the aged furniture or old furniture.

Unless otherwise stated, all chairs listed here are the reproductions of designer's chairs. Some details and features may be different from the original chairs. Please note that original chairs usually stay in the museum.

1. Wassily Chair - Marcel Breuer, a Hungarian-born designer, is the creator of “Wassily Chair" in 1925. The word "Wassily" is named after a famous Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky. Wassily Chair follows "Dutch Neoplasticism Style" AKA "De Stijl", which is the style movement in the Netherlands.
Wassily Chair
2. Barcelona Chair - One of the prominent architects is Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. His best-known masterpiece is called "Barcelona Chair". It follows Functionalism Style of 1929 which focuses on "utility" or "beauty". This Barcelona chair looks very similar to the one by Van der Rohe. Who would have thought that a chair like this can be seen anywhere in the modern home?
Barcelona Chair
3. Aalto Chair 66 - Alvar Aalto is the Finnish architect who has famous works in various styles such as International style and Scandinavian Modern design. Aalto Chair 66 is the work under International style in 1935.
Aalto Chair 66
4. Finn Juhl 45 Chair - The furniture designer who brought Danish Modern style to international attention was Finn Juhl. One of Juhl's famous retro chair was Finn Juhl 45 Chair in 1945. This chair has become a symbol of Juhl's design and it's called “the mother of all modern chairs.” The reason is that it features a clean yet elegant design.
Finn Juhl 45 Chair
5. Wishbone Chair C24 - Hans Wegner is a Danish Modern designer who has a very high skill in Scandinavian woodworking. His famous piece is Wishbone Chair C24 (aka The Chair of 1949.) The design was influenced by Chinese Ming Dynasty chairs with Danish design twist.
Wishbone Chair C24
6. Eames DSW Dining Chair - The Eames DSW Dining Chair 1950 designed by Charles Eames offers a clean and minimalist line yet looks sophisticated (Mid-century Modern maximizes the use of simple and clean lines.) It's so chic that a lot of people think it's not a retro chair but a contemporary chair.
Eames DSW Dining Chair
7. Bertoia Diamond Chair - Harry Bertoia was an American designer who came to the United States in 1930. He worked as a furniture designer with Knoll Associates. His most famous work is Bertoia Diamond Chair. Bertoia Diamond Chair (Midcentury Modern Style 1952) was so unique because it used steel latticework in basket-like shape. The reason it's so famous because it looks elegant, modern and light.
Bertoia Diamond Chair
8. Swan Chair - In Europe after World War I, there was a search for a truly modern design that reflected the 20th century. Then, the term "Modernist" was used to describe this design movement in Europe. Swan Chair is the chair designed by Arne Jacobsen. This Swan chair (Modernist 1958) uses the contrasting color to create the focal point in the room. While Art Deco just focuses on style or fashion, Modernist takes into account of functionality and technology too.
Swan Chair
9. Egg Chair - Arne Jacobsen is another well-known Scandinavian Modern furniture designer. He did much design works with famous designer Alvar Aalto. However, one of his famous works was the "Egg Chair." Jacobsen's Egg Chair (Danish Modern 1958) was the attempt to break away from Danish handicraft style toward more mass production furniture. With help of modern molding technology, Jacobsen created a chair from plastic molding that looks free-flowing like sculpture.
Egg Chair
10. Kartell Masters Chair - In the late 20th century, a French architect and furniture designer named Philippe Starck began his new design style. He used materials such as glass, plastic and metal with unexpected shapes and forms. Most furniture in Individualist style looks like the sculpture more than the actual functioning products. This Kartell Masters Chair (Individualist Style 1990s) was designed by Philippe Starck. The green color is the signature of Individualist chair. It's perfect for home decoration in any room, from the patio to bedroom.
Kartell Masters Chair
That's all for the list of top 10 retro chairs. Which one do you like the most and why?