From the Louis XIV to the Monobloc.
As long as people have been furnishing homes, they've been designing (and shopping for) chairs to go in them. Over the centuries, a handful have stood out for their ability to stand the test of time. From antique pieces that inspired modern interpretations to original designs that remain as popular today as when they were first introduced, these 50 chairs are the ones that have made the biggest impact on design history. They run the gamut in terms of style (Louis XIV! Futuristic! Midcentury! Utilitarian!), era (Ancient Greece right up to the 21st Century), and region of origin (Malawi to Milan), but each deserves a place in the design history books. We're sure you'll find a few familiar shapes in there—and hopefully learn how to spot many new ones.