Explore This Collection of the World’s Most Innovative and Inventive Chairs

Phaidon has released a book that collects 500 essential, and incredibly varied, different designs of one of the most versatile platforms for design experimentation and innovation of any everyday object: the chair. Chair: 500 Designs That Matter charts chairs from designers all over the world and across time, among them Marcel Breuer, Lina Bo Bardi, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Hella Jongerius, Marc Newson, Gerrit Reitveld and Hans Wegner, as well as many others. Their smart survey considers material, texture, colour, shape and technology, and makes for a unique imprint of design history from an interesting perspective.


“Throughout history, the chair has presented designers the world over with infinite opportunities to experiment with new methods and materials within the set parameters of an object that is primarily there to serve a practical purpose. Chair: 500 Designs that Matter celebrates the humble chair as never before, from early examples to today’s cutting-edge creations. It invites you to sit back and be taken on a journey through the creative imaginations of hundreds of internationally renowned designers.”


“Curated with professionals and aficionados in mind, each chair has been chosen either for its innovative design, the ground-breaking material, the technology used in its production, or its unusual shape, colour or texture. This expansive book includes zig-zag chairs and ball chairs; chairs made from waste pleated paper and chairs composed of stuffed cuddly toys; chairs in the shape of ponies, coconuts, eggs and ants; chairs made of glass and hemp; luminous chairs; antique Gothic chairs, and even chairs you can spin around in.”

078 Table Bench Chair
Table Bench Chair, 2009
Designed by Kim Colin & Sam Hecht
Brand: Established & Sons

212 Wassily
Wassily Chair, 1926
Designed by Marcel Breuer
Brand: Gavina/Knoll

305 Heart Cone
Heart Cone Chair, 1959
Designed by Verner Panton
Brand: Vitra

Wood Chair, 1988
Designed by Marc Newson
Brand: Cappellini

081 Stitch
Stitch Chair, 2008
Designed by Adam Goodrum
Brand: Cappellini

Artifort - Ribbon Chair - Pierre Paulin
Ribbon Chair, 1966
Designed by Pierre Paulin
Brand: Artifort

011 Elephant
Elephant Seating, 2003
Designed by Ben Ryuki Miyagi
Brand: Ben Ryuki Miyagi Design

493 Due Piu
Due Più Chair, 1971
Designed by Nanda Vigo
Brand: Conconi