6 Inexpensive Modern Classic Chairs You Need To Have

September 23, 2014 | Midcentury Modern | Furniture

Bauhaus, Mid-Century or Scandinavian Modern Eras inspired chairs, you name it, they will always be in the catbird seat. Will they ever go out of style? We highly doubt it. If you’re someone who takes a discerning fancy to furniture classics, lucky for you, various reproduction lines have made their resurgence a reality (an affordable one that is). To help you incorporate these classics into your interior, we’ve prepared a guide that briefly sheds light on their respective history and provides suggestions on how you can do so in various interior settings. So sit back while we take you on a new spin on the classics.

1. Eames DSW Chair

The story: Chances are very high that you’ve been seeing this design all over the place but do you know that it’s named the DSW chair? DSW stands for dining height, side chair with wood base. The cousin of DSR (dining height, side chair, rod), the DSW is a design by the legendary Charles and Ray Eames in 1950s.

How to use it: With a wood base and moulded plastic body, it means the Eames chair is a versatile beauty that can be incorporated into just about any interior. In the two images below, you can see how it fits in an industrial themed setting and a Scandinavian one. Also shown in the second image is its DSR (dining height, side chair, rod) cousin.

So how much is it and how do I get it?: The DSW chair is an absolute beauty and a keeper. While the original DSW chair is priced at $558, we have the reproduced collection at much reduced prices!

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  • DSW Chair - Red
    DSW Chair - Red
    $45.00 SGD
  • DSW Chair - White
    DSW Chair - White
    $45.00 SGD
  • DSW Chair - Black
    DSW Chair - Black
    $45.00 SGD

2. Orange Slice Chair by Pierre Paulin

The story: Marked in design history was the launch of the Orange Slice Chair in the 1960s by Pierre Paulin and Artifort. When you look at the Orange Slice from different angles, it would appear to shift in shape. Two identical shells of pressed beech made up the backrest and seat which makes it a remarkable design marvel.

How to use it: Marked by Bauhaus chic, we reckon the Orange Slice chair will do well in a contemporary setting and even a minimalist one. If you wish to add a touch of playfulness without compromising style, this is the perfect chair for you.

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So how much is it and how do I get it?: Make a guess. How much do you think the Orange Slice chair is retailing for? A whopping USD2829! If you’re in love with the ingenious design and beauty of the Orange Slice, but don’t wish to slice your wallet into half, you can check out the reproduced collection here priced at $277.

  • Orange Slice Chair - Black
    Orange Slice Chair - Black
    $277.00 SGD
  • Orange Slice Chair - Red
    Orange Slice Chair - Red
    $277.00 SGD

  • 3. Pip-e Chair by Philippe Starck

    The story: Designed in 2007 by Philippe Starck for Driade, the Pip-e Chair is light in weight and stackable. It was designed for outdoor and indoor use.

    How to use it: Go for all of them in the same colour for uniformity but if you’re adventurous, shake things up by having them in different colours.

    6 Inexpensive Modern Classic Chairs You Need To Have - The HipVan Blog
    6 Inexpensive Modern Classic Chairs You Need To Have - The HipVan Blog

    So how much is it and how do I get it?: A set of 4 Pip-e chairs costs about S$947 but we have the reproduced collection with prices starting from $106.

  • Pip-e Chair - White
    Pip-e Chair - White
    $106.00 SGD
  • Pip-e Chair - Dark Grey
    Pip-e Chair - Dark Grey
    $106.00 SGD

  • 4. “A” Chair by Tolix

    The story: Definitely no stranger to you, the Tolix “A” chair can be widely found in local cafes. Designed by Xavier Pauchard, a zinc roofer, the original “A” Chair was given birth to in 1934 and was meant for outdoor use. That’s why you see holes on the seat to allow the rain to drain off. But the original design was flawed as it wouldn’t stack well. So Pauchard did a few tweaks to the original design and you could now stack 25 of it — totalling a height of 2.3 metres.

    How to use it: The first image clearly illustrates the versatility of the Tolix chair in a Scandinavian setting as well as the the second image in a farmhouse setting. We love the idea of pairing the chair with wood furniture.

    6 Inexpensive Modern Classic Chairs You Need To Have - The HipVan Blog
    6 Inexpensive Modern Classic Chairs You Need To Have - The HipVan Blog

    So how much is it and how do I get it?: While we’ve found out that the original A Chair is retailing for about USD249, reproduced collection is available on HipVan for $109.

    Get This Look:
    • Tolix Chair - Cranberry
      Tolix Chair - Cranberry
      $109.00 SGD
    • Tolix Chair - White
      Tolix Chair - White
      $109.00 SGD
    • Tolix Chair - Mustard Yellow
      Tolix Chair - Mustard Yellow
      $109.00 SGD

    5. The Louis and Victoria Ghost Chair by Philipe Starck

    The story: Philippe Starck designed the ghost chairs in 2002 for Kartell. The silhouette of the chair was influenced by the opulent 18th Century design of Louis XV wooden armchairs that had rich floral upholstery and shell carvings. Starck took classic style and combined it with cutting edge modern materials and that’s how the ghost chairs were born.

    How to use it: The sky’s the limit. The ghost duo is just the right touch of panache for the dining room, home office and vanity table. Can’t say so for their floral upholstered wooden predecessors though. Aren’t you glad Starck redesigned it this way?

    6 Inexpensive Modern Classic Chairs You Need To Have - The HipVan Blog

    So how much is it and how do I get it?: The Louis Ghost chair retails for about $463 while the Victoria Ghost is at about $365. Reproduced collection of Louis is available on HipVan for $192 while Victoria Ghost is at $171.

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    • Victoria Ghost Chair - Opaque White
      Victoria Ghost Chair - Opaque White
      $171.00 SGD
    • Victoria Ghost Chair - Transparent Clear
      Victoria Ghost Chair - Transparent Clear
      $171.00 SGD
    • Louis Ghost Chair - Opaque Black
      Louis Ghost Chair - Opaque Black
      $192.00 SGD

    6. Eames & Saarinen Organic Chair

    The story: In 1941, the Eames power couple designed the Organic Chair for the competition “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” by the Museum of Modern Art. At the point of time, the design was well ahead of its time and serial production wasn’t possible. Until later in the 1950s where it was possible to produce organically molded seat shells, the chair became one of the most acclaimed phenomenons in design history.

    How to use it: Where style is concerned, the Saarinen Organic Chair lacks none. Rest assured you can fit it in to any interior setting, whether as a stand-alone armchair in your reading nook or part of the furniture arrangement in the living room.

    6 Inexpensive Modern Classic Chairs You Need To Have - The HipVan Blog
    6 Inexpensive Modern Classic Chairs You Need To Have - The HipVan Blog

    So how much is it and how do I get it?: The Eames & Saarinen Organic chair retails for US$2320 (wow!). Reproduced collection is available on HipVan for $255.

    Get This Look:
    • Organic Chair - Brown
      Organic Chair - Brown
      $255.00 SGD
    • Organic Chair - Patchwork
      Organic Chair - Patchwork
      $255.00 SGD
    • Organic Chair - Red
      Organic Chair - Red
      $255.00 SGD