When you think of sleek interiors comprising of flawless finishes and designer furniture, the image that instantly comes to mind is the peerless Barcelona chair conceptualized by famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe of the Bauhaus school. Being the brainchild of a designer who firmly believed in the dictum ‘form follows function’, the Barcelona chair is the very epitome of stylish functionality. Use it as a highlight in a chrome and steel interior or place some chairs at strategic locations in a plush hotel lobby, and you have made a style statement that is hard to match. Furniture manufacturers produce these designer chairs, which are the real deal in terms of looks but cost a fraction of what a high-end outlet would. Fortunately, you can compare and contrast products available on a manufacturer’s website.
And products don’t just include classics like a Barcelona chair or emaes lounge chair. If one is looking for designer clocks or designer table lamps, an online furniture store is a good place to look for signature pieces that will make your interior décor come alive.
Designers whose designs are usually featured in these online collections include:
- Alvar Aalto – Believed in simple designs that are in harmony with human beings
- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe – Was a strong believer in the principle of ‘less is more’
- Le Corbusier – Wanted to provide better habitable spaces for those jostling in crowded surroundings
- Hans Wegner – For him, creating a good chair was an ongoing project
- Harry Bertoia – Credited with contributing to the structural design of the Eames chair
- Eileen Gray – Created the understated Bibendum chair which was designed such that it would not take attention away from artefacts
- Marcel Breuer – Made breakthroughs in using non-reinforced steel in furniture pieces
- Arne Jacobsen – His famous 7 chair is reputed to have sold over five million pieces
- Charles Eames and Ray Eames – Were pioneers in the use of materials like plywood, fibreglass, plastic and wire mesh
- George Nelson – His space-saving designs are a boon for smaller living spaces
- Verner Panton–Credited with introducing pop elements to design of interiors and furniture components
- Eero Saarinen – Created several classics of industrial design
- Isamu Noguchi – His design sensibilities were reflected in his choice of materials that reflected his Oriental roots
- Pierre Pailin–Is known for the complexity of his designs
- PoulKjaerholm–Was a believer in using a piece of furniture as an integral part of an interior space
- Poul M Volther–His designs were marked by the inherent quality of superior craftsmanship
- WiebeTeertstra – His forte, clocks, are examples of timeless creations
- Jolanda Van Goor–The hallmark of her creations is the functionality of designs rendered in natural materials
- Erwin Teremaat – His most famous piece is the Brick Clock
It is easy to get overwhelmed when one is faced with a vast array of beautiful furniture options for one’s interiors. The key is to keep in mind one’s personal preferences and requirements in picking out pieces that will not only look good but will work hard too.