Top 10 Modern Lounge Chairs
Designed for maximum comfort and style, our top modern lounge chair picks range from classic icons to cutting-edge looks.
Design by Charles & Ray Eames, 1956. Made in the U.S.A. by Herman Miller. The Eames® Lounge Chair and Ottoman are considered among the most significant and collectible furniture designs of the 20th century. When the set was introduced in 1956, there was nothing else like it. The design was completely new and merged comfort with a clean, yet welcoming aesthetic. Today, the pair remains a true icon of modern design. Built by hand, just as it was originally, the meticulously constructed set includes rich wood veneer shells with supple leather upholstered seating.
Design by Tom Dixon, 2015. The Wingback Chair is a regal manifestation of a 17th century English archetype reexamined and updated for the 21st century. The extravagant and fully upholstered form has been tweaked and teased to give an even more rakish silhouette, the ergonomics have been adjusted for more comfort, and the frame has been re-tooled for industrial production. The result is an elegant functional sculpture fit for the members club, the hotel lobby or the sitting parlor. Chair legs are made of solid oak or copper-plated steel.
Design by Eero Saarinen, 1948. By Knoll. Eero Saarinen arrived at the concept for his 1948 Womb Chair when challenged by Florence Knoll to design a chair of supreme comfort — one she could really “curl up in”. With its steel rod base and plush upholstered frame, the Womb Chair is designed to facilitate a relaxed sitting posture, providing comfort and a sense of security. The lounger achieves its sculpted, enveloping form from a molded, reinforced fiberglass shell, which is layered in dense foam and topped with separate seat and back cushions in polyester fiber over foam core. Today one of Knoll’s most recognizable designs, the Womb Lounge Chair is available in medium and large, and can be customized in frame finishes and a wide range of upholstery options to make this mid-century classic uniquely yours.
Design by Antonio Citterio, 2011. By Vitra. With its generous padding, inviting armrests and high back, the Grand Repos is an expressive wing chair, visually exuding the kind of comfort one expects from a large, swivel lounge chair. Yet the Grand Repos has modest dimensions, lending itself well for smaller spaces. With a concealed synchronized mechanism, the backrest and seat can be adjusted to a variety of opening angles — from a comfortable sitting position to a relaxing resting position. This transformation in the angle of the seat and back allows for supreme sitting comfort and optimum back support throughout the entire, smooth range of motion. The chair can also be locked in any position.
Design by Milo Baughman. Made in the U.S.A. by Thayer Coggin. The Draper Lounge Chair embraces modern design with classic sensibility, boasting an American-made, handcrafted construction with distinguished Thayer Coggin appeal. An exposed, solid walnut frame is complimented by a comfortable removable seat cushion and a contoured backrest, completely hand-upholstered and hand-tufted in a selection of fabric or leather options. Imparted with a timeless appeal that is persistently fresh, the Draper Lounge Chair is a welcome addition to a variety of living spaces and will endure for many years to come.
Design by Bart Schilder, 2012. By Moooi. A supporting piece that can stand on its own, the Bart Armchair is part of the Bart Family collection of furnishings originally inspired by the rounded shapes and lux character of 18th century Rococo furniture and decorative art. Moooi brings the splendor of the past without the stiffness of antiques to this armchair, adding softness and tempering angles of classic silhouettes. The armchair is a single seater seat with removable covers for the seat cushion. A rounded backrest extends upward and to the side, cocooning the sitter in a relaxed embrace while providing support and comfort. A bulbous base conceals the chair’s legs entirely, giving the piece a robust, rounded appeal. Select from a variety of colors and patterns.
With its playfully bent plywood arms, the Lodge Chair by Gus* Modern is a contemporary take on the classic club chair. This unique sculptural design is available in either fabric or top-grain leather upholstery to contrast the organic quality of the exterior frame. The Lodge Chair’s precision-cut side panels create a striking profile and are finished with real walnut veneer.
Design by Pierre Paulin, 1968. By Artifort. The egg-box. In 1969, the ABCD won the Monza Design Award. And rightly so. The shape of Pierre Paulin’s ABCD Sofa seems to derive from an egg-box. This Chair from the series offers a single seat with the luxuriously deep seating and signature dip that makes ABCD a remarkably comfortable (and most conversational) furniture element.
Design by Benjamin Cherner, 2002. Made in the U.S.A by Cherner Chair Company. The Cherner Lounge Chair with Arms is a handsome example of a dynamically comfortable piece of furniture. For those who wish to relax in high style, this lounge chair provides an exceptional back rest. Much like a beautiful woman, the chair has slim legs, an hourglass waist and a fan shaped back. Norman Cherner first designed this chair in 1958. It made such a splash in the design scene that it showed up on a 1961 Saturday Evening Post cover illustration by Norman Rockwell. In 2002, Benjamin Cherner redesigned this latest version. His main concern was keeping the curves of the chair while making it visually light
Design by Philippe Starck. Made in Italy by Kartell. Kartell presents its revolutionary armchair, the Uncle Jim Armchair. This piece boldly stands apart with its unique quality of being constructed entirely from a single, high-quality, plastic, mold. Suitable for indoor and outdoor usage, the sofa can effortlessly withstand outdoor conditions or easily enhance any indoor arrangement with its highly versatile design. Whether indoor or outdoor, the armchair makes for a fun and unique addition to any set up. Pair this with the Uncle Jack Sofa for an unparalleled arrangement.
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After spending 10+ years living in a modern San Francisco loft, Kelly moved her family to a bungalow in the burbs. She now enjoys dreaming up home renovation and design projects in order turn her family's post-war cottage into the modern home of their dreams.