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Where to Get the Coolest Designer Chairs in Manila

Take your pick of 17 statement thrones from these local furniture specialists.
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Whether it’s for your living room, home office, or man cave, the right designer chair punctuates any space. It ties a room together or creates a focal point. It can also reveal your personality: A sculptural seat underscores boldness and confidence, while a more relaxed piece might imply effortlessness. Above all, however, a designer chair has to be damn comfortable. 

From beloved Eames chairs to streamlined Japanese and Scandinavian designs, here are 17 of the coolest designer chairs to spruce up your quarters—and where to get them in Manila.

The 1950s Eames Armchair

Eames is practically synonymous with mid-century modern furniture. And any piece by partners Charles and Ray Eames is coveted, much more if it’s their shell chairs in molded fiberglass. While the chairs are still in production today, the fiberglass versions, released in the 1950s, are rare and most wanted for their quality and unmistakable patina. The rarest of them all? This yellow Eames Armchair in Zenith fiberglass. Brighten up a nook with this designer chair or pair it with a neutral-hued sofa.

Shop: Mr. Chair Instagram, mrchairph.com

The Eames Lounge Chair

If there is one lounge chair that can rule them all, it’s the timeless Eames Lounge Chair. This designer chair from 1956 was a modern update of the club chair of the 19th century. Over six decades later, this stylish beauty remains a hallmark of taste. The lounge chair lives up to its hype with an ergonomic design that lets you recline with pleasure. The Eames Lounge Chair draws attention anywhere in the room—it’s as classic as a designer chair gets.

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The Eva Chair by Bruno Mathsson

The Eva Chair mixes the warmth of natural beech and hemp webbing with a streamlined silhouette—a combination that underscores its functionality. Made by Swedish designer Bruno Mathsson in 1935, it’s proof of Scandinavian design’s enduring freshness. Deck out a bright summer home with this chair… and sip on cocktails.

Shop: Mr. Chair Instagram, mrchairph.com

The Voido by Ron Arad

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You can recognize a Ron Arad piece at first glance. Known for his fluid and provocative designs, he turns functional chairs into sculptural feats—or the other way around. This abstract rocking chair is a great example of how Arad pushes the boundaries of design and challenges the perceptions of what defines a chair. It’s the perfect piece for the design-savvy.

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The Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen

First designed by Arne Jacobsen for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, the Egg Chair has found its way into stylish homes around the world. The designer chair, which is considered by many as an update on the classic wing chair, has an easy yet commanding presence in any room. It suits both an art-filled space and the starkest of interiors. 

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The Papa Bear Chair and Mama Bear Chair

You would be hard-pressed to find an authentic Wegner these days, but leave it to Space Encounters to recreate a mid-century modern classic that stays true to its spirit. The name Papa Bear is fitting for a chair of this stature—large but not imposing, with two arms outstretched as if to envelop the sitter in a hug. Its counterpart, Mama Bear, features a curved wing design, fuller arms, and long, angled legs. As Goldilocks would say, these are just right. (Image by TJ Mortel)

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The Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi

The Butterfly Stool is understated but makes a great conversation piece in case you want to brag about having a Met piece in your home. The 1954 stool is included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s object collection for its distinct east-meets-west design. The statement stool combines western form and materials with a Japanese-inspired aesthetic reminiscent of calligraphy strokes. Use this as a standalone piece or to accentuate a couch.

Shop: CWC Interiors Instagram, shop.cwcinteriors.com.ph

The Knoll Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen

For a piece that epitomizes comfort, look no further than the Womb Chair. Designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen at Florence Knoll’s request, this is meant to resemble “a basket full of pillows” or a chair that lets you sprawl out to your heart’s content. Its bright upholstery allows you to play with contrasting colors, too. Tip: Mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts snap up the Knoll Womb Chair as soon as it's made available. Be quick. 

Shop: Midcentury Manila Instagram

The MR Chair by Mies Van Der Rohe

This cantilevered chair, which looks as cutting-edge as it was when it was released in 1924, is the classic definition of less is more. Its designer, Mies Van Der Rohe, was known for free-flowing pieces in steel (they paralleled his architectural works), but this version in natural cane has a different charm—the warmth of natural materials offsetting sleek metal. The MR will add texture in a monochromatic space.

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Shop: Midcentury Manila Instagram

Rocking Stool by Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi, one of mid-century design’s most acclaimed designers, fused his Japanese and American upbringing to create modern pieces rooted in eclecticism. Featuring simple forms with whimsy, the Rocking Stool is a mix of wood and metal wire that would later become the prototype of his well-known Cyclone Table. The stool version is a rare find and will add playfulness to your space.

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Penguin Chair by Ib Kofod-Larsen

If you like Eames chairs, then you will adore the Penguin Chair. The designer chair by Danish architect Ib Kofod-Larsen highlights simplicity and elegance and will fit perfectly in an industrial space or a more decorated room.

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Castelli Plona Desk Chair by Giancarlo Piretti

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Known for Plia and DSC 106, Italian furniture designer Giancarlo Piretti’s works tend to have an edge and sleekness to them, and this Plona Desk Chair is no exception. With an acrylic body and aluminum alloy frame, the chair is foldable and stackable—in short, versatile. While it can be placed outdoors, this will also work as extra seating in the living room.

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The Tulip Chair by Eero Sarinen

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The elegant Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen is a mid-century modern furniture icon whose flower shape and stemmed leg were the result of simplifying structures. The one-legged chair is usually paired with the Tulip Table as a dining set, but it will work pushed against a wall, too.

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The B35 Chair by Marcel Breuer

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The elegance of Marcel Breuer’s B35 Chair earns its place in many home dens and entertaining quarters. The sleek and sculptural look of metal in its cantilevered frame of tubular steel is balanced by the warmth and grounded appearance of leather. Its reclined back lends a sense of relaxation, as well. 

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The Hay Palissade Lounge Chair Low

You will want to keep an eye out for this lounge chair from Hay’s Palissade collection. The subtle piece evokes the charm of outdoor cafés and parks, giving off that indoor-outdoor ambiance. This is a polished object rooted in industrial aesthetics that will match modern and minimalist spaces.

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The Eames La Chaise Chair

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Need more Eames? The Eames La Chaise Chair revels in its organic, sculptural form. Its large size is meant for relaxation in spaces where you feel comfortable lounging in front of close friends and family members.

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The First Chair by Michele de Lucchi

The futuristic First Chair by Michele de Lucchi is a great example of Memphis Design, the playful style that ruled the ’80s. This designer chair can be a striking addition to a contemporary room or a contrasting piece in a minimalist space.

See: Mr. Chair Instagram, mrchairph.com

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