Modern Islands of Calm

Some things are here to stay: even today, the classic club chair continues to be regarded as the benchmark for comfort.

The more hectic the modern working world becomes, the more our desire for relaxation and regeneration grows. Rest and relaxation zones in offices, wellness areas in airports or lounge furniture in hotels – as modern man becomes increasingly overburdened, the opportunities for retreat and contemplation are growing too. There is one piece of old-established furniture that is nevertheless ideal for satisfying the modern need for relaxation, a classic of cosiness that has made design history: the traditional club or lounge chair.

The 1956 Lounge Chair by Charles and Ray Eames is regarded as the prototype design, even though it was in fact an update of the old English club chair. Thanks to the Eames variant and creations by other designers such as Arne Jacobsen or Verner Panton, the classic was no longer confined to its original setting in the gentlemen's clubs of England. At the very latest since the 1960s, it has taken up residence in modern hotels, bars and restaurants, offices and living rooms as a symbol of dignified relaxation. Even today, the club chair continues to be regarded as a benchmark for comfort and good taste. Newer variants feature diverse forms, different materials and colours and are often equipped with a tilting mechanism or footstool as well. But there's one thing about the club chair that hasn't changed at all: its usage as a place to retreat, sit comfortably, relax or doze.

Modern remakes of the traditional club and lounge chair will be on show at the coming imm cologne from 13th to 19th January 2014. A look at some of the models from exhibitors at the international furnishing show demonstrates that, whilst shapes and colours might change, comfort is here to stay.

Source: Koelnmesse, reprint free of charge