Chairs. They are a place that we sit to enjoy a good meal, good conversation or a morning coffee. they are where we spend hours a day at work, and they are where we wind down at home after a long day. A chair exemplifies all of the elements of design. it needs to function with the utmost comfort, have durability, be aesthetically pleasing, and it must work with a multitude of other elements in a space.
Every designer has a trademark, something that they believe every room needs. I believe that every room needs a great chair. It can be either the focal point of the room or simply a beautiful accent piece that compliments the other elements in the space. Throughout history, we can see the trends in interior design through the different styles of chairs. From the clean wooden lines of mission style chairs, to the more elaborate, ornate details of The Victorian chair, and into the engineering wonders of the cantilevered Barcelona chair, we have watched chairs literally shape, design and pave the way for a vast array of interior styles.
In Today’s society we see chairs being used as pieces of art with color, shape and form taken from every style of décor. It is not uncommon to see an old carved wing back chair with a contemporary fabric and a glossy white paint job. With the popularity of refinishing furniture and re-upholstering older pieces, it is easy to combine any chair into any design. It can be as dominant or subtle as you choose, but don’t be afraid to fill an empty corner with a place to take the weight off your feet and ultimately, a place to rest your soul.