Design Stories

Why Snarkitecture’s Slip Chair matters

By designing a broken-looking seat, the Brooklyn practice created a chair that's playful yet functional Why Snarkitecture’s Slip Chair matters

Why the Peacock Chair matters

Discover how this product of colonialism became a 20th century counter-cultural symbol Why the Peacock Chair matters

Giorgio Armani, Jean Jullien and the 1006 Navy Chair

Watch this fun new film describing the rise, fall and rise again of one of the 20th century’s best-loved chairs Giorgio Armani, Jean Jullien and the 1006 Navy Chair

Why IKEA’s Poäng Chair matters

To mark IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad's passing, we take a look at one of his best selling products Why IKEA’s Poäng Chair matters

Why Sigmund Freud's Office Chair matters

You'll never guess how the father of psychoanalysis used to sit in this distinctive piece of furniture Why Sigmund Freud's Office Chair matters

Who bought Snarkitecture's balls?

Here's how balls from Snarkitecture's Beach ended up being auctioned off in Florida - 18 months after their arrival Who bought Snarkitecture's balls?

See the graphic delights of North Korea in London

Nicholas Bonner's new book Made in North Korea gets its own show at the House of Illustration next month See the graphic delights of North Korea in London

Why Chair 14 by Michael Thonet matters

Find out how a German cabinetmaker pioneered new industrial techniques to create this popular, perennial classic Why Chair 14 by Michael Thonet matters

Why the DSR Chair by Charles and Ray Eames matters

Discover how World War II and MoMA helped popularise the world’s first mass market plastic chair Why the DSR Chair by Charles and Ray Eames matters

How Barber Osgerby pitched their Pacific chair to Jony Ive

Apple’s design guru saw how this 'quiet' piece of furniture suited today's less-formal office environment How Barber Osgerby pitched their Pacific chair to Jony Ive

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