Chair designers to invest in now

Our expert's tip which chair designers' pieces will be the antiques of the future

In Homes & Antiques' April issue, Alice Hancock takes an in depth look at the history of the chair and discovers why designers and architects throughout history have played with the simple seat's basic form. The range of designs is enormous, from the outlandish to the iconic, encompassing everything from Chippendale's dining chairs in the 1750s to Verner Panton's curvaceous 1959 moulded plastic shapes.

We asked the experts to tip their favourite living designers – the ones whose pieces might just become antiques of the future...


Wendell Castle


'If I had to choose a name to pick out, I would choose Wendell Castle. He's one of the most exciting chair designers working today,' says antiques expert Judith Miller. 'He has developed his range of chairs, incredibly, from wood to fibreglass and steel. He's an extremely exciting designer.'

Wendell Castle's 1960s 'Molar' chair, £3,115, 1stdibs


Hella Jongerius

'Hella is a Dutch designer who has a great eye for design and texture,' says Christopher Wilk, keeper of furniture at the Victoria & Albert Museum. 'She's not doctrinaire in her designs.'

'East River' chair by Hella Jongerius, £1,530, Nest


Konstantin Grcic


'Konstantic Grcic is one of my graduates,' says renowned chair designer John Makepeace. 'It's hard to predict where chair design will go next. Working in timber is very costly but Konstantin is creating interesting designs largely in metal. Many of his chairs are made for mass production, which makes them affordable.'

'Chair One' for Magis by Konstantin Grcic, £217, Nunido


Gareth Neal

'Gareth Neal is a young designer who works mostly with wood,' says Christopher Wilk from the V&A. 'He draws on tradition but the design is resolutely of today made using the latest techniques.'

'Hamylin' chair by Gareth Neal, £2,620, The New Craftsmen

To read the full feature about chair design, pick up Homes & Antiques' April issue, out now

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