Modern Chair Designs

Beautiful Ideas for living room designs.

Modern chair designs create concept pieces of furniture that allow us as human beings to relax. Though they are some of the oldest and simplest objects mankind has designed, some designers have thrown out even the basic concept of the chair instead of more unique modern thinking as these examples show.

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Keep an open mind as you look at the pictures. Sure, these may not be right for your living space, but think about how big a design statement they would make.

SK Fishbone

This sculptural wooden design features vertical slats that make a strange statement and look something like a cartoon fish skeleton. Designer Nicolas Marzouanlian developed this eco-friendly indoor or patio style to be a purist piece of furniture, making it without the use of glue or screws.


Christopher Knight Home Balen Mid-Century Birch Rocker

Christopher Knight Home Balen Mid-Century Birch Rocker, Black Checkerboard and Dark Espresso

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Ontwerpers Laptop Chair

The laptop chair was a unique design for those who wanted a chair to sit in and have their laptop directly on hand and not in their laps. If you liked the Cabinet Chair but not the entire bookcase surroundings, then the “Cleanroom Chair” from Ontwerpers may be the perfect place to sit and surf the net. This modern “digital age” chair is made from fiber reinforced artificial resin with a metal frame and combines good ergonomics and functionality.

The laptop chair


Cabinet Chair

The cabinet chair

The new design label Gispen incorporated the Cleanroom Chair into their NgispeN collection and a variety of colors are available. See many more cutting edge modern furniture designs from Ontwepers of Rotterdam. 8

Azalea Retro Metal Chairs

Crosley Furniture CO1026-YE Azalea Retro Metal Chairs (Set of 2), Yellow

Luis JJ Rocking Armchair

In this outrageous rocking chair the elements of shag rug, metal arms and wooden rocking sleds have been combined. Despite its unusual appearance the “shag rug” combines design elements in such a way that it is surely comfortable to sit on. Designed by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia.

Rocking Chair Luis JJ


Mid-Century Retro Modern Accent Chair

Mid-Century Retro Modern Accent Chair Wooden Arm Upholstered Tufted Back Lounge Chairs Seat Size 24.4" 18.3

SheetSeat Folding

Designers Ufuk Keskin and Efecem Kutuk took space saving to another level with their “SheetSeat” which is made of plywood and can be flattened to a mere 3/4″ space. The concept of a set folding up this small is a remarkable innovation in modern design thinking.
folding chairs flat design

Vortex Modern Mid-Century Side Chair

Poly and Bark Vortex Modern Mid-Century Side Chair with Wooden Walnut Legs for Kitchen, Living Room and Dining Room, Yellow


Bouquet Chair by Moroso

The “Bouquet Chair” from designer Tokujin Yoshioka was inspired by an installation in the Moroso New York showroom that included 30 thousands of paper tissues that simulated a cloud-like atmosphere. Outrageous in most settings you could imagine, it likely will not be gracing many “bachelor pads” and might even challenge girl pads.

Moroso Bouquet Chair

Armen Living Summer Chair in Green Fabric

Armen Living Summer Chair in Green Fabric and Walnut Wood Finish

Binta Armchair from Moroso M’Afrique Collection

As a guy it’s hard to put colors together and usually mixing multiple colors is a bad idea. The “Binta Armchair” from Moroso screams “loud” in every possible way, a crazy mix of outrageous colors and patterns. Sure, a super-casual style can work in the right setting, but imagine trying to fit this somewhere in your own living space.

Modern African Upholstered Armchairs

Mid-Century Retro Modern Velvet Upholstered Lounge Chair

Accent chair allows you to enjoy all that your room has to offer, whether it is your living room, office, home office, or study, with modern undertones, and vintage elements.


Comfortable and sturdy, these velvet chairs come with high-density memory foam cushions and a good velvet fabric to ensure you can rest comfortably for long hours. Elegant luxury-reflecting a quieter fashion, experience a tasteful of noble, supported by an exposed metal frame in a gold tone metallic finish Plastic antislip and floor protection.

Retro Modern Velvet Upholstered Lounge Chair

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Savannah Bent Wood Rocker

Real wood-working is an art form that dates back to the inception of furniture itself, and Jolyon Yates carries on the tradition in style. According to Yates his focus is to “display the soul by reflecting the care and honesty with which they have been conceived and crafted in a world of loveless volume manufacturing”.

The Savannah Rocker molds carefully selected Birch Ply into outrageous shape to create this mastery in modern design and depart from “mass production” principles.

Rocking Chair Bent Wood Furniture

Yellow Plastic Armchair Natural Wood Legs

2xhome Set of 2 Yellow Plastic Armchair Natural Wood Legs Eiffel Dining Room Chair Lounge Chair Arm Chair Arms Chairs Seats Wooden Wood Leg Wire Leg (Yellow - Natural Leg)

Cloud by Richard Hutton

The “Cloud” by Richard Hutton is an unusual creation. They construct it from nickel plated cast-aluminum in the shapes of small balls resembling features found in clouds. Standard upholstery options for most are usually in the realms of fabric and leather. In this example, nickel plated aluminum presents an outrageous alternative to traditional fabric or leather upholstery.

Richard Hutton Chairs

Richardson Seating Cracked Ice Retro Chrome Kitchen Chair

Richardson Seating Cracked Ice Retro Chrome Kitchen Chair with 2" Box Seat, Grey

Fabric Accent Arm Lounge Chair in Laguna

Modway Engage Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Fabric Accent Arm Lounge Chair in Laguna

Voido Rocker by Ron Arad

Designer Ron Arad uses polyurethane to add structural integrity and visual appeal to the “Voido” rocking chair. Voido’s never-ending curves look artistic and sensual when viewed from any angle.

Voido Rocking Chair


Retro Brown Top Grain Leather & Aluminum Chair

ACME Brancaster Chair - - Retro Brown Top Grain Leather & Aluminum

Sound by Natuzzi

At first glance the new Sound from Natuzzi of Italy is without a doubt a great-looking classic option. Upon further full body inspection and a touch of today’s modern technology one will find an iPod jack and speakers placed perfectly in the headrest for a relaxing musical experience. Natuzzi gets two thumbs up for recognizing the importance of integrating technology into its otherwise typical-looking design.

Sound Chair

Christopher Knight Home Salazar Modern Design Accent Chair

Christopher Knight Home Salazar Modern Design Accent Chair, Orange

MDF Italia Style

MDF Italia may be what the future of furniture holds. The stainless steel versions of the Lofty are limited and unsurprisingly, the work involved has a significant effect on the price. One cannot be sure how comfortable the chrome version is, but I can see it is very striking.

Chair MDF Italia
Chair MDF Italia


Retro High Back Armless Chair

HOMCOM Retro High Back Armless Chair Living Room Furniture Upholstered Tufted Royal Accent Seat, Soft Grey


Marcel Wanders Designs

Marcel Wanders (2 July 1963) is a Dutch designer, and art director in the Marcel Wanders studio in Amsterdam, who designs architectural, interior and industrial projects.

Crochet Chair Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders Chubby Chair

Troy Chair Marcel Wanders

Acantha Mid Century Modern Retro Contour Chair

Christopher Knight Home Acantha Mid Century Modern Retro Contour Chair with Footstool, Muted Green

Mid-Century Retro Modern Living Room Sofa Set

RELAXIXI Mid-Century Retro Modern Living Room Sofa Set with Loveseat and Seating Sofa Chair, Couch and Lounge Chairs

Lobster and Shelly by Verikon

Verikon, a veteran of Scandinavian furniture designed the “Lobster” and “Shelly” chairs with help from Oluf Lund and Eva Paarmann, who work with furniture inspired by the skeletons of crayfish.

The results are sculptural and comfortable shapes with a very strong construction, like the skeleton of a lobster. Inspiration and construction aside, the Lobster and Shelly show us the modern lounge seating like never before, in a really creative and understated design.

Shelley Chair Verikon Furniture


Lobster Chair


Outdoor Mesh Fabric Patio Double Glider

Best Choice Products 2-Person Outdoor Mesh Fabric Patio Double Glider w/Tempered Glass Attached Table - Tan

The Cut by Domenico de Palo

The “Cut” from AntiDiva creates visual impact from opposing shapes. The outrageous element of Cut is its stark minimalism and how it creates such a stunning modern design out of a simple conceptual “cut” in a solid object. You would think that “less would not create more”. But in the case of this one it does. The look when several are put together into a sectional is every striking.

Anti Diva Chairs

Custom Glider and Ottoman with Lumbar Pillow

Stork Craft Tuscany Custom Glider/Ottoman, Espresso/Slate Gray Swirl


The Ghost

The “Ghost” from FIAM makes the list but last as it is constructed of solid glass, a very unpractical structural material. This chair is currently shown in museums around the world including the Triennale di Milan, Italy and the Corning Museum of Glass, N.Y USA, further proving it to be more of a novelty than a design for everyday use.

Bent Glass Chair Fiam Italy