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New Classics: The EroS Chair

The EroS Chair was created by Philippe Starck for Kartell back in 1998, and it shows no signs of going out of fashion — possibly because its design pays homage to the basic forms of a couple of midcentury modern icons (more on that below). The seat is constructed from polycarbonate and includes a balanced, curved form. While the form of the EroS clearly respects midcentury modern precedents, it has a very futuristic look. It works all over the house, and contains a chameleon-like quality that enables it to function as standout in the room, fade into the background, or operate just about anywhere in between. This is where savvy layout skill comes in; following is a look at how designers are using it.

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Kartell Eros Chair – $485

The swiveling variant of this EroS spins atop a pedestal precisely the identical way Eero Saarinen’s tulip chairs perform. However, rather than a matching white base and seat, there’s a fantastic comparison between the chrome of this foundation and the glistening polycarbonate seat.

Grace Home Design

Following is a room where the color of this EroS makes it stand out and the other pops of yellowish.

As for its own form, the nonswivel variant of the seat sits atop an Eiffel base. The precedent for this foundation is the Eames Shell Chair.


Blogger Kay Loves Vintage comes with an impressive collection of iconic midcentury furnishings; the fact that she integrated an EroS in to her d├ęcor is what inspired me to learn more about it at the first location.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

In addition to the translucent polycarbonate variations, the seat also comes in an opaque version just like you see here. In this image, the EroS brings the brand new for this mix of new and old furnishings.

DKOR Interiors Inc.- Interior Designers Miami, FL

EroS is also a fantastic choice as an occasional chair in a bedroom. This translucent green swivel version takes up very little visual space.

Philpotts Interiors

The seat is a fun alternative for a child’s room too; children love to swivel.

Ibrahim Radwan

This pedestal table offers lots of room for the Eiffel base seat legs. Clear variations of this seat add a sculptural element that doesn’t overwhelm the room.

Webber + Studio, Architects

Within this modern open space, all of the furnishings work together to make the most of this view. The EroS seats are sleek and don’t distract. They also work well with the 14.7 Chandelier.

Switch Modern

Kartell EroS Armchair – Caster Base – $646

Finally, for people who prefer to roll from one side of the office to the other, the EroS comes in a wheeled version.

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