Chairs by Female Designers

Eileen Gray.

This chair is by Eileen Gray. It is called Bidendum and was influenced by the Michelin man of inflated tyres called”Bidendum” that became Michelin’s famous trademark. It was designed in 1926. It is available in fabric and leather.

fixed-bgGray is an iconic designer. She was one of the first designers to use bent tubular steel, and was influenced by the art deco style. She worked closely with Le Corbusier and was using tubular steel before him.  Gray also designed this sleek and simple side table – E1027 which works in perfect harmony with the Bidendum chair. Both are still in production by Aram.  Gray designed the Bidendum chair ninety years ago this year. It doesn’t just look modern – it looks positively futuristic and at home here with the stark concrete of a contemporary interior. Fabulously glam it could grace any Bond movie interior. It is shown here in white leather. Photo found on


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Patricia Urquiola

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This is a version of Patricia Urquiola’s Redondo sofa. Its is made by Moroso. Could there be a more romantic cuddling up sofa? I love the contrast between the modern shape of the sofa and the quilted pattern that references textiles from the past.


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This is the Gentry sofa by Patricia Murquiola. The texture created by the quilting is fantastic and in total contrast to those fine elegant steel legs.

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The oversized exaggerated shapes of the quilted squares in this ‘Gentry” sofa by Patricia Urquiola seem to reference the huge oversized shapes in the Bidendum chair by Eileen Gray. So cosy in this soft grey shade. This sofa also references the past in its shape – reminiscent of the Knole sofa that had arms and back that could be laid flat and were tied to posts. This shape is often called a Tuxedo sofa these days.

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Another version of Patricia Urquiola’s Redondo sofa. Its is made by Moroso. Here the feeling is modern Moroccan. What a great geometric coffee table as a contrast to all those curves.


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