There’s a new micro trend on my radar – super cool wire chairs reminiscent of the late 70s and early 80s. Don’t you just love them? Traditionally reserved for outside patios (and I would know as I have fond childhood memories of them that include actual imprints in my flesh), nowadays, these mesh beauties are becoming key interior furniture pieces. It seems that designers are revisiting ideas from the past with a definite movement towards a ‘back-to-basics’ philosophy – think Scandi minimalism meets mid-century modern. As Tim McKeough from The Globe and Mail so aptly put it, “forget over-the-top patterns and extravagant shapes when it comes to furniture. The freshest pieces embody simple with pared-down designs”.
Original wire chairs date all the way back to the 50s when Charles and Ray Eames combined their fondness for industrial production methods with organic shapes – something I’ve spoken about around here before. With the use of a single material for the base and seat the design of the Wire Chair was born. The above gallery includes some of my favourite shapes.
I hope they inspire you to add a modern touch to your home.