4 essential chairs
This casual look marries a laid-back attitude with a gracious vibe – think of the nonchalant elegance of a wrinkled linen suit. Here, a swivel chair with a crinkly loose slipcover and slim profile perfectly walks that casual-fine line. Throw it into a room with textural and rustic elements, such as a sisal rug, an industrial-style lamp and an iron-and-reclaimed- wood table – bring in an extra hint of sophistication via a silk cushion – and you’ll be sitting comfortably in no time.
This exotic setting is all about toning down the “spice” and replacing it with more subtle flavours. Starting with a classic rattan chair, this earthy, eclectic vignette feels fresh with the use of asian-inspired geometric patterns in the dhurrie rug and ikat cushion. Adding elements like the handwoven iron table and the brass lamp, which evokes natural forms one might see on an African safari, gives the setting a unique, worldly view.
Classic style has gotten a modern update, and this standout chair has that popular transitional look down pat. The bold botanical fabric and yellow painted wood frame give its curvy profile, inspired by the timeless wing chair, a fresh new take. Pairing it with subtle, textural elements – like a chunky-knit rug, a sleek, leggy table and a ribbed table lamp – adds interest without competing with the chair’s fabric, while the diamond-patterned cushion offers just the right graphic punch to crank this look up a notch.
Like a Jane Austen novel, this romance-infused vignette, built around the substantial-meets-wistful club chair, has an undoubtedly practical nature. With its oversized rolled profile and tufted detailing, the chair is the focal point of this storied setting, where a distressed rug evokes a time-worn piece found in a 19th-century mansion. An iridescent silk velvet cushion complements the antiqued mercury glass lamp, lending a touch of sparkle, while the masculine chocolate brown side table has a grounding effect.