MAD OR WHAT.....?!
It wasn't designed for artist Wassily Kandinsky, as popular belief would have it, but rather, Kandinsky admired the prototype and Brueur subsequently made a duplicate for him. Originally manufactured as the Model B3 chair, it later became known as the Wassily Chair.
Similiarly, furniture designer Eileen Gray looked to the curves of the Michelin Tyre Man for inspiration when designing her Bibendum Armchair in the early 1900's. The chair's backrest consists of two semi-circular padded tubes upholstered in soft leather. Gray was commissioned to design the furnishings for the apartment of Madame Mathieu-Levy and she was determined that her creations would reflect her client's personality, ie, that of a young, modern society-hostess and proprietor of a fashionable millinery boutique. Her statement chair was like nothing ever seen before and was heralded by art critics as "a triumph of modern living".
Who would look at a cone shape and immediately see the design for a chair? Furniture designer Verner Panton did just that and this is immediately apparent when one looks at the dainty little chair,designed in 1958.
OTHER UNUSUAL INSPIRATIONS FOR CHAIRS INCLUDE:
The Womb Chair: It's inspiration came from Florence Knoll who approached it's designer, Eero Saarinen with an idea for a lounge chair that she could wrap herself in and be enveloped by....The result was the iconic Womb Chair, designed in 1946.
The Teddy Bear chair, designed by Hans Wegner and inspired by the paws of a Teddy Bear!
The DSR chair ( Eiffel chair ), designed by Charles Eames, metal legs were inspired by the Eiffel Tower!
The Orange Slice Chair, designed by Pierre Paulin and inspired by the curved outline of an orange segment!