What Is a Mushroom Chair?

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What Is a Mushroom Chair?
Mushroom chairs come in many different materials. (chair and pillow image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com)

Mushroom chairs are ergonomically designed chairs that resemble the shape of some mushrooms. This type of chair was a very popular design choice in the 1960s, which is the decade they were originally made. Mushroom chairs are available in many different styles, colours and fabrics from several different retailers. Prices for mushroom chairs in July 2010 range from £13 to £1,755, depending on the style and manufacturer.


The mushroom chair, also known as the pod chair, was designed by French furniture designer Pierre Paulin in 1963. Paulin's designs are all known for their comfort and their psychedelic appearance, which was very popular in the 1960s and 1970s. The "retro" look has made a comeback in popular design, making the mushroom chair a nice addition to any 60s-themed room.

What Is a Mushroom Chair?
The mushroom chair has a shape similar to a type of mushroom. (mushroom image by Olegs Mareida from Fotolia.com)

Common Uses

Different types of mushroom chairs are available for several applications. The ergonomic design makes the mushroom chair ideal for use as a computer or gaming chair. Upholstered-style mushroom chairs can be very comfortable, making them a good choice for a lounge or living room. The portable folding mushroom chair is popular for camping or sporting events because of its easy transportation and instant use.

Folding Mushroom Chairs

Folding mushroom chairs are a camping-style folding chair that has the famous mushroom shape. They are usually made with metal or plastic rods and padded fabric, often nylon or another waterproof fabric. Folding mushroom chairs are available from a few online retailers for about £13 to £22 as of July 2010.

Hard Mushroom Chairs

Hard mushroom chairs are most commonly made of solid plastic. This variety of mushroom chair is ideal for a bar stool or dining chair and is available in many colours and heights. These sturdy mushroom chairs are available from top retailers for £78 to £130 as of July 2010.

Upholstered Mushroom Chairs

The upholstered variety of the mushroom chair is the original style of the Pierre Paulin design. This style is made with a steel tube frame that is coated in foam and then upholstered with an indoor-friendly fabric. This is the most expensive type of mushroom chair, priced at approximately £325 to £1,755 as of July 2010.

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