I receive a great many questions about the types of chairs available at the interior design markets in Atlanta, Dallas. and Las Vegas. I think, largely due to magazines as well as the incredible popularity of Pinterest. Style enthusiasts through sheer access to so much material have become more experimental in their visions. Gone are the matching sofa and club chairs (in the blue and white checks) and the heavy oak tables. Seeing the mixing of styles and fabrics via the vast array of media, inspire the many who like to do-it-themselves (as they configure their inspiration or mood boards), to give themselves permission to make an adventurous, perhaps even startling choice. An overabundance of chairs exist online, at furniture stores, and in décor boutiques. Whether it’s Nebraska Furniture Mart, Wayfair, Antique Marts, or Home Goods, the plethora almost bleeds confusion for the unseasoned traveler.
A new-old product known now as the transparent ghost chair (those made of polycarbonate) not only provide function and finesse but their used by such well-known designers as Kelly Wearstler, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, and Jean Louis Denoit, all of whom have transported acrylic into a must-have in every home study. But then who of us doesn’t like a bit of mod funk and occasionally wish we were Patty Boyd or Lulu with the beehive hair, the heavily lined eyes, and those short, short skirts (thank you Mary Quant).
Woodmakers freshen traditional shapes by using different colors of stain, wash, and faux finishing. One no longer needs to matchy match their bottom to their tabletop.
Benches make a nice addition to a cottage, boho, shabby, farmhouse, blah, blah, blah kitchen table as it creates a warmth (especially when cradled near a cozy fireplace in sunny California). It further extends the living space by complimenting the flow of the home and presses that color scheme. Fabric covered settees also serve as the perfect place to sneak a nap for that cheeky little child still stuck at the dictate of reckoning until he finishes his peas.
Chippendale designs, based on an 18th Century British look, provide elaborate elegance with their ball and claw feet. Larger estates, manor houses, small castles (much like the Trumps dwellings) pay homage to this look (pray though with less gold adornments; God help the White House). Others that follow suit include the Parsons, a fully upholstered seat offers a similar feel with its straight back and fabric skirts. Queen Anne, recognized by the shaped crest rail at the back of chair, also works well in formal rooms (excuse me; salons) as do the Regency with their lovely scrolled arms, the Windsor, and the Duncan Phyfe’s and their oh so delicate curved lines.
Ladder-back, sometimes referred to as Shaker, show off the Red, White, and Blue, by enhancing Americana charm or cottage style comfort. Rattan or wicker offer a relaxed look and work well in any number of décor styles. And let us not forget the incomparable Eames (ah mid-century modern) but really when it comes right down to it, at Cocktail Hour, you just need a place to plant your ass. Thank you LayZboy.