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In the history of design, the biggest successes are often those that you don't expect. This is the case for this conference with surprising destinies. First designed for practical and economic reasons, these chairs revolutionized the world of design and continue to inspire us today. Discover 5 emblematic chairs to hunt for to bring an authentic and vintage touch to your interior…
1. The school chair
© La Redoute Interiors Here we are back on the school benches with the Mullca 510 chair, better known as the school chair. Designed by Roger Cavaillon in 1964, it is characterized by a metal tube frame, a plywood seat and back and arched legs. Many students sat there and who would have thought, at the time, that this seat would become an emblem of vintage decoration? Indeed, beyond the classrooms, the Mullca 510 chair now finds its place in many private homes. Its old school look perfectly saws vintage interiors of industrial, flea market and country style! Anyway, you can easily imagine it around a table, behind a desk or even as a bedside table in a bedroom…
2. The formica chair
© inside closet We could not be more retro than the Formica chair! Symbol of the France of the Thirty Glorious, it was found in all kitchens from the 30s but particularly in the 60s. This material, invented by two Americans, consists of plastic resin covered with a layer of melamine and was used as a thermal insulator. Practical, resistant and inexpensive, the Formica had no idea that it would know its heyday. And very quickly, the designers seize it to create chairs, tables, buffets and even clocks! The advantage of formica? In addition to being economical and easy to maintain, it allows a wide palette of colors. Arguments that earned him his success at the time and his title of essential vintage, today!
3. The DSW chair
© Vitra A true icon of design, the reputation of the DSW chair is undeniable. This cult seat, imagined by the legendary duo Charles and Ray Eames in 1950, revolutionized the world of design. Designed in polyester resin reinforced with fiberglass, the legendary chair caused a sensation for its shell made in one piece, which adapts to the human anatomy. Although its reissue today is more ecological (polyester is replaced by polypropylene), its shape remains intact and is a delight for all lovers of vintage pieces. Opt for a pair of chairs to place at the end of the table or combine it with other models for a mismatched effect that will give style to your dining room. If you opt for a single chair, install it in an entry, a bedroom or even as an office chair!
4. The bistro chair
© La Redoute Intérieurs Also known as chair n ° 14, the bistro chair owes its origin to the industrialist Michael Thonet in 1859. At the outset, it was designed for Anna Daum's restaurant, which requires a practical, comfortable seat. and space-saving. Result? The chair n ° 14 contains 20 elements (6 pieces of wood, 10 screws and 2 nuts) which can be dismantled and transported easily. Since then, it has been sold in the tens of millions of copies! A success that continues its peak since beyond being acclaimed by bistros, it is now invited to individuals looking for authenticity! Although the bistro chair has been revisited, its original look offers curved shapes and fine legs. Anyway, it is the charming asset of a dining area of a country house but also serves as a vintage piece in a bistro or industrial style interior!
5. The caning chair
© Red Edition This is the oldest chair in our top 5 vintage seats. And for good reason, the caning chair was born in the 18th century! A rattan fiber weaving technique that will be the trend years later with the appearance of the Art Deco style in 1920. And once again, fashion is only an eternal renewal since caning is back in force this year. Its weaving offers a material effect which gives texture and lightness to the seat back. In a bohemian, ethnic, Scandinavian or Art Deco style interior, the caning chair infuses a delicately retro aura…