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The Series 7 chair by Arne Jacobsen

Designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen in 1955, this moulded plywood seat, on metal legs influenced by a Charles Eames design, has sold some 5 million to date. It became iconic after Lewis Morley's photo of Christine Keeler sitting naked across it - or, rather, on a high-street wannabe version - and now comes in 19 colours as well as natural woods.

This is one of the most copied chairs ever, so why buy the real thing? 'If you put the Series 7 beside any imitation, you appreciate its comfort and quality,' says Ruth Aram of Aram. Mia Bogild of Fritz Hansen adds: 'It's made of nine layers of veneer under strict quality control.' Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but original is best.

The Series 7 chair at Aram

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