22 January 2010

Sitting Pretty

I'm pretty certain that the wall of chairs on display at the Carnegie Museum of Art has inspired my further interest in chairs. Chair forms are influenced by not only style and period, but are truly designed for human interaction like no other piece of furniture. The New York Times featured an article about chair design in Styles that I bookmarked long ago.

A coffee table book pleasing both interior designers and industrial designers alike, Chairs is on my Amazon short list. Featuring 100 of author and antique expert Judith Miller's favorite chairs, each spread has a beautiful photograph of an iconic chair, its provenance and its impact in design and style.

Choosing the right chair involves careful consideration, especially for the dining room: style and formality, height in relation to the table, comfort, and of course, price. We worked backwards in selecting our dining table, since we were given beautiful chairs that appealed to our aesthetic.

A few of my top favorites chairs:

Louis XV Armchair
With the appropriate fabric, this classic chair can range from stuffy to edgy. We inherited one and I have been keeping my eye on fabrics for reupholstering (somewhere closer to the edgy side of the spectrum.)  Design*Sponge has a post on the chair with a variety of fabrics.

Ghost Chair
I love the formal structure with such a modern material like acrylic. Although I hear they're not the most comfortable for long periods. Perlora offers the chair from Kartell, in every (transparent) color, shown above. Image below is from House to Home, a great site for ideas.

Wishbone Chair
An icon of Danish design, this Y-chair complements a modern taste or enhances a casual look with its structure and woven rope seat.

Eames Walnut Stool
Versatile as extra seating or a table, I love the bold silhouette. It reminds me of a chess piece. Originally commissioned for the Time Life Building in 1960.

Perlora carries a substantial collection of classic and modern chairs and is having a large winter sale until end of January. Design with Reach is having a sale, and Room & Board has a great collection. How I wish those two would come to Pittsburgh...

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