booksJanuary 12, 2010

My 10 Favorite Chairs

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A couple months ago I received a copy of Judith Miller’s book Chairs, and it’s been sitting on my coffee table ever since. I finally got a chance to go through it page by page. It’s a fantastic visual compendium of chair styles, complete with the design history of each chair, which really delights a chair addict like me.  I could buy chairs all damn day long. I have a basement full of cool vintage chairs I’ve picked up at various antiques markets and shops just waiting for fresh paint and new upholstery. And I could keep on going.  The chair is such an easy way to make a style statement or try a new look in your home.  If you have a very traditional home but are curious about modern design, adding a streamlined accent chair is a great way to give it a go (and the mix of the two styles, in my book, is the best!)  Regardless of style, a great accent chair is compact enough to move around from space to space and a great way to add punch of color, texture and pattern to a room.

Inspired by Judith’s book I picked out my ten favorite chairs from a variety of sources and price points. What’s YOUR favorite chair?

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1) The Barcelona Chair– my all time favorite chair that someday (mark my words) I will own! It look spectacular in any style of home and will forever be a design classic. There are knockoffs available out there, but like art, the real deal will actually retain (or even increase) in value.

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2) The Starck Louis Ghost Chair– A genius design taking a classic silhouette and crafting it in a super modern material. I adore this chair around a dining table or at a desk (even though it’s not comfortable for those who need to sit in it all day!)

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3) Jonathan Adler Faux Bamboo Chair– HE was the one who really brought the faux bamboo craze to life.  The first time I laid eyes on this chair in a room I absolutely freaked. At once modern and retro, preppy and sleek it works in so many applications! This too, will be in my home at some point!

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4) West Elm Scoop Back Chair– Yes, there are more expensive, original versions of this chair, but at $79 for the solid colors how could you go wrong? I love the look of these as side chairs at a rectangle dining tale with a pair of wingback upholstered chairs at each end. A simple, clean look that doesn’t break the bank.

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5) Ballard Designs Louis XV Chair– A true classic re-created by Ballard at an affordable price point in a variety of finishes and fabrics. I love these mixed with more modern accents.

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6) Thomas Pheasant No. 7841 by Baker– I remember the first time  I saw this chair I thought “that is the perfect upholstered dining chair”. I still love it to death.

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7)Artistic Frame French Canopy Chair– This is such a funky, fun chair that has made a resurgence in the design world. I love seeing a pair of them, especially in commercial spaces like hotel lobbies, bars and boutiques.

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8) Eames Management Chair– The best desk chair out there- for it’s looks and comfort! They are a fortune, so look around for some great knockoffs before splurging on one of these bad boys.

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9) Vintage Arm Chairs– Any and all styles. Refinished in a color or in glossy white or black. Upholstered simply with linen or in a modern print. Whatever you choose, there is little I love more than a dramatic, refinished vintage chair.

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10) Room & Board Pierre Chair– A take on the Le Corbusier original this chair looks PHENOMENAL in the corner of a bedroom or office. I love how it adds not only sleek metal lines but also the texture and pattern on cowhide. Yes, please.

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