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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

You look so familiar: Part 3 - Stacking

Ah, the ubiquitous stacking chair. It seems that almost everyone has dabbled a bit in this design over the years, and the wheel is still being reinvented, so to speak, as evidenced by Knoll's 1999 Cirene by Vico Magistretti, the 2000 Gigi by Marco Maran and  2004 chair by Ross Lovegrove. 

A quick Google of "stacking chairs" will show just how many designers and manufacturers have come out with their versions, yet very few, if any, significant changes or improvements have been made over the last 6 1/2 decades. Enough already!

The Stacking Chair

Charles and Ray Eames - 1948

Ray Komai - 1949

Georg Leowald - 1955

Arne Jacobsen Chair 3107 - 1955

Robin Day for Hille - 1963

Cirene chair by Vico Magistretti - 1999

Gigi chair by Marco Maran - 2000

Ross Lovegrove for Knoll - 2004


  1. They are so nice I would never stack the wood chairs for fear I would scratch them.

  2. Stacking chairs - never thought of them being a design as much as a convenience. I remember stacks of plastic chairs in our school rooms - a happy image for sure.

  3. @John Bachman: I agree. I really like the Komai chairs, and I'd handle them with kid gloves.

  4. @DearHelenHartman: Who knew when we were kids that we were sitting on good design in the school cafeteria?