THE GREAT WORLD OF ARMCHAIRS
History of the world could be written in armchairs. Or at least the history of design. One may ask why? As George Nelson has pointed out in 1953 “every truly original idea - every
innovation in design, every application of materials, every technical invention for the furniture - seems to find its most important expression in a chair”. Chairs and armchairs have been around for thousands of years - and their function as sitting aid for humans has remained virtually unchanged. Both leisure and functional spaces cannot go without seats. There isn’t a stronger physical and psychological connection that us human users would have with any other piece of furniture. We tend to form those connections with different functional contexts and that’s why chairs have been re-designed and re-thought over and over following changes in aesthetics and fashion. There is no ideal form that could fit all circumstances.
But enough of history and theory of design here. Armchairs are truly special and no
designed interior can go without them. What can the newest additions to the armchairs
market tell us about the latest trends? Or how the latest trends are reflected in chairs? Which spaces would those stylish armchairs inhibit?
TIMELESS ELEGANCE WITH A CLASSIC MIDCENTURY STYLISH ARMCHAIR
Mid century come back is definitely one of the strongest design trends these days and it’s
minimalism is here to stay. Its simple and low-to-the-ground silhouettes are a perfect match with today’s lifestyle. We want open floor plans, less stuff and room to breathe. The style has unusually wide appeal. Transient millenials appreciate the light materials, slender frames and casual attitude, and older shoppers are drawn to its history and nostalgia. Anyone can appreciate its flexibility.
Mid century modern furniture is easily identifiable by its swooped forms, wood frames, and bold-colored upholstery.
How to choose the right midcentury stylish armchair for your space?
Pick Wingback (DANDYS) armchairs with midcentury style for added sophistication. They will turn any space into cosy haven where one will strive to spend hours with good read and a glass of conjac to hand.
Pay attention to trimmings. The button backs and the neat piping on stylish armchairs are
what sets them apart. Gently stylised leg work makes an armchair look crafted, almost
Pick warm wood tones (EMI) to make the space feel more homey. Midcentury
furniture-makers excelled at working in wood, creating elegant swoops and tapered designs from honeyed timber. The clean outlines of the generously upholstered chairs show off this craftsmanship and are best left as polished wood, rather than painted. Picking the right wood shade will bring us closer to the very style savvy hygge feel without being bringing a mountain cabin association.
Choosing an upholstered chair (SIMPLE) is a simple piece that can be an easy way to inject colour and vibrancy into any scheme. This curvaceous design makes a feature of any calm corner, complemented by era-appropriate lighting and antique art. Opt for an eye-popping colour like vivid turquoise, canary yellow or fuchsia pink, to make your chair the star of the show.
Contrasting with the midcentury simple lines is our long-standing love affair with Art Deco
glamour. So think lush velvets, vellum (lacquered goatskin is having a moment at Jonathan Adler, with his Trocadero range), soft shapes, reflective mirrored surfaces, marble and brass accents appearing in refined details.
If you are looking to bring some vibrancy and extravagancy into your living space this is the way to go.
It’s also time to experiment with various finishes and textures. If velvet doesn’t feel
adventurous enough, why not trying with leather contrasted with sheepskin, for a funky warm scandi hygge feel?
Or marble? This metamorphic rock with interesting vein and swirl patterns is an ancient trend that is back in style in a big way. Its natural look with organic shapes pairs well with other earthy materials trending now.
THE RIGHT SHAPE OF THINGS
Lines and shapes are a constant in design, but in the past few years following the fascination with minimalism, we’ve streamlined from chevron zigzags to honeycomb and other geometrics to the humble, simple, straight line.
Also when looking at armchairs, the right angles or simple vertical lines are bringing a more contemporary, streamlined feel to traditional tufted or quilted pieces, as seen on
Nonetheless, we can still use gentle curves for a more approachable feel to our seaters.
Sofas and leisurely armchairs with deeper curves and gently inflated forms that beg those
seated upon them to embrace closeness, perfect for compact but style-conscious living.
One last (but not least) important trend to be noticed when looking at armchairs as the
catalyst for the whole of furniture / design trends is modularity. (NOI) Trying to take the most benefit from the least space we like if not need for our pieces to be adaptable and transient.
One of the biggest launches of Salone Del Mobile this year, was a fruit of Ikea’a and Tom
Dixon’s collaboration. A modular bed that "explored notions of adaptability and
future-proofing” is a starting point to that topic. Dixon saw bed as an open-source “platform for living”. Why not trying a modular system of armchairs and puffs to create an ultimate living area and then re-adapt and on and on answering the life’s needs. Soft pastel color range can easily soften any decor, while the numerous configuration options will make sure that the set will always be functional, even if moved to a new space.
For more modular world news, please check back in for the announcement/premiere in our next blog post soon…!