Every single piece of furniture has the potential to change the look and the ambiance of a room. Take a simple chair for example. There are a lot of different types and styles to choose from and a lot of cool chairs that would look amazing in a lot of different environments.
How to choose the right chair
Picking a chair, a set of chairs for the dining area or a bench is not always an easy and straight-forward task. There are numerous different aspects to take into consideration which could influence your decision. Here’s a few elements to keep in mind throughout this process:
A sturdy construction
Chairs, benches and any piece of furniture needs a durable and sturdy construction if you’re to enjoy it for a long time to come. Before you let yourself be mesmerized by a cool-looking design check out how it’s all put together and see what materials it’s made of. A combination of wood and metal is usually a good sign.
How will it be used?
It’s important to get the right type of chair for the setting that you have in mind. Ask yourself how the chair will be used, where it will be placed, who will use, for how long at a time and so on. This will help you set your priorities regarding its design, materials and so on. For example, if you want a dining chair that the whole family can use including kids you should probably opt for non-fabric upholstery, something that’s easy to clean and not very fragile.
Sooner or later you’ll be faced with the challenge of having to clean the chair and its upholstery. It can be useful to think about it before making a purchase. Faux leather upholstery is very easy to wipe clean whereas fabric can be more tricky. As a general rule, always remove any spills quickly using a dry cloth and avoid abrasive cleaners.
Another important detail to consider is the size of the chair. If you’re looking to get a set of dining chairs make sure you can fit the right amount around your table. It would also be practical if they would fit under the table when not in use so you can save a bit of space. For other types of chairs, the size is related to the space where you want to place them, the way in which they’re meant to be used and also personal style and preference.
It’s also worth considering any extra features that you might want the chair to have. That depends on what type of chair you’re looking for. For instance, if you want a chair for your desk pay attention to the height of the seat, the ergonomics of the design consider a model that gives you a bit of flexibility, for instance one with adjustable height or a swivel base.
Chairs With Quirky Designs Available On The Market
The Prasad lounge chair has quite a distinctive look. What immediately stands out is the set of materials used and in particular the aluminum frame. It forms this curved metal shell around the seat and it gives the chair a very industrial look. The leather upholstery has a fairly weathered look as well which is in tone with this style.
In the case of the Barwicks armchair what stands out is the contrast between the very slender metal frame and the cushy seat and back. The iron base gives it a lightweight look but also provides a strong base for the down fill cushions. This is a chair designed to be comfortable and to look interesting at the same time.
This armchair by Everly Quinn comes in three beautiful colors including this charcoal grey nuance. It has a solid and sturdy look but it’s also graceful at the same time thanks to the way in which the frame twists and curves to form a floating backrest. The velvet upholstery helps to give it a plushy look.
The Bethune armchair has a simple and classic charm with a little bit of modern flair. It’s made from a combination of wood and metal for the frame which gives it a fairly rustic look. The seat and the back are nice and soft but also firm, allowing the user to feel comfortable while also maintaining an ergonomic position. It’s a great type of chair for a relaxing reading corner.
The design of the Alecto armchair is graceful and stylish in a simplistic manner. The frame is made of metal and painted black and the upholstered seat and back fit snugly inside of it. They’re covered in velour fabric in an elegant dark orange nuance with hints of brown. A lovely little detail is the fact that the feet have golden caps.
If you’re a fan of industrial furniture design definitely check out the Shaver armchair. It’s minimal in the way the frame and everything is constructed but it also has lots of character. The frame is very slender and made of metal and the leather seat and back are nice and wide, giving the chair a robust look.
The Cartee lounge chair has a charm of its own and its own way of being simple and unique at the same time. Its frame is quite elegant and crafted from mahogany wood, inviting the user to sit back and relax. The seat and the back feature a woven design and they maintain a slender and minimal look, in tone with the frame.
We also love the way in which the Joselyn armchair is designed and in particular its elegant frame which is minimal but at the same time quite graceful. It’s made of solid walnut wood. The foam-filled seat offers plenty of support and comes upholstered in a series of fabric colors such as this beautiful dark turquoise which goes really well with the wooden frame and the mid-century modern vibe of the entire piece.
The Cup armchair has a very retro-inspired design. It has this cantilevered frame which curves and makes it seem as if the seat is floating. At the same time the metal frame gives the chair an industrial vibe. The faux leather upholstery is also in tone with the retro design and you can also get this chair with linen fabric upholstery if you prefer that look instead.
It’s often the little details that have the biggest impact on a design, like the woven sections on this beautiful Carmel armchair. Once again we’re looking at a stylish mid-century modern design defined by simplicity and elegance. The frame is made of solid wood and the seat and back cushions are upholstered in genuine leather.
Ari is the type of armchair that you could pretty much place anywhere. It could look lovely in a bedroom, sitting in a corner by a window but also in a space like a living room as a companion for the sofa. It has a sleek and slender metal frame with a clean and eye-catching geometry and it’s also very cozy and comfortable thanks to the padded seat and backrest cushions which fit perfectly inside the frame.
Other cool armchair design ideas
The Colony armchair is manufactured by Miniforms and has this eye-catching, geometric design with angular shapes and an overall look that’s both elegant and casual. The chair featured a steam-bent beech frame complemented by a shell in open webbed cane. A series of cushions completes the design.
It’s easy to see where the inspiration for the Armadillo chair came from. This is a piece of furniture which despite its very specific design manages to look timeless. It’s more of a chaise-longue type of chair, with design and a shape which invite the user to lie back and relax. Instead of a single upholstered shell, it has a series of padded elements arranged in a repetitive pattern covering the seat from top to bottom. The pattern is reminiscent of an armadillo’s shell, hence the name
The Moai chair is perfect for cozy reading nooks or intimate sitting areas because it has a large shell which wraps around the sides, framing the user and ensuring a sense of privacy and increased comfort. We could see this design being suitable for office spaces, waiting rooms but also in residential spaces.
Here you can see two interesting-looking chairs, both comfortable and well-suited for modern and contemporary settings. The Fold chair has an origami-inspired design, featuring a comfy five-piece seat and four legs. The Vera chair is also very comfortable, featuring soft lines and rounded edges. It has a swivel base which gives it a lightweight and slender look. Both chairs are available in a variety of different colors.
This is the Pillow chair, a very cool piece designed by Andrea Anastasio, with a very distinctive look. It’s a very versatile chair which can easily fit into a variety of different decors and settings. It comes in numerous different colors and textures and it has a fun and casual look which creates a relaxed atmosphere.
The Nivona armchair designed by Roberto Lazzeroni is intriguing in the sense that it has a rather bulky seat and backrest but the armrests are thin and slender. They form a shell around the backrest made of mounded polyurethane foam. The base and feet an are of wenge-stained ash wood.
The Agronomist Collection designed by Marcel Wanders for Natuzzi is inspired by the beauty of organic, outdoor elements and the charm and beauty of simple countryside homes. The chairs and stools are designed with a combination of wood and leather which give out a sense of casual elegance. Check out more interesting highlights from last year’s Salone del Mobile event
Bar stools are quite complex too and there are all sorts of interesting designs to choose from, like the Siro+ for example. It’s a very chic and versatile high stool with a backrest resembling a handle and a slender and simple overall form. The footrest is available in brass or black painted metal and the seat comes with a choice of wooden, leather cotton fabric upholstery.
Originally intended for offices and meeting rooms, the Zuma High Back chair has proven to be quite versatile and also well-suited for houses and apartments. The chair was designed by Patrick Norguet for Artifort and has an elegant, ergonomic shape with a high back and a comfortable seat. The aluminum casting armrests give it a sculptural and distinctive look.
It looks modest but it has a lot of character. This is the Claude easy chair designed by Shinsaku Miyamoto. It has a simple wooden frame with clean lines and soft edges, leather-upholstered seat and backrest panels and sculptural armrests which give the chair an elegant, refined and very soothing appearance.
It looks like a miniature version of a very comfy sofa and that’s actually exactly what it is. This is the Natal Alu sofa armchair, a piece designed by Studio Segers and it’s meant for outdoor spaces although it would actually fit quite nicely in certain public spaces and indoor environments too. It has double powder-coated aluminum frame and outdoor cushions available in over 100 fabric options.
The Louise armchair has a sculptural design that’s minimalist but also complex and refined. The structure looks both lightweight and sturdy, a combination that’s not easy to achieve. The frame looks like a slender and graceful silhouette giving the chair an almost organic appearance.
The BuzziSpark furniture series was designed for lobbies and communal spaces and includes a variety of seating units with high backrest and armrests that form a sort of protective shield, giving the users privacy and also absorbing sound waves which results in less background noise. With that in mind, you can set up comfortable workspaces and lounge areas within a large open space which is useful in offices and other such environments. At home you can take advantage of these unique properties to create the perfect reading nook.
The Brioni series was named after an archipelago in the Adriatic Sea. It’s a collection of poufs, lounge chairs and daybeds with designs which make them resemble small islands. They’re all super comfortable and feature upholstery made of Sunbrella® fabric which is stain-resistant and water-repellent, making these soft and comfy chairs perfect for the outdoors but also very practical for indoor spaces, especially if you have pets.
The Crystal Lounge was designed by Jean-Marie Massaud and is very unusual through the fact that the shell that holds together the seat, backrest and armrests is made of glass and is fully transparent. It’s part of a collection of modular sofas and armchairs which can be put together to create custom seating arrangements.
The Baron chair has a quirky design based on contrasts. It’s a chair that’s lightweight and robust at the same time which sounds unusual but makes total sense once you see it. in a very simplified form, we could describe this piece as a set of puffy and soft cushions on a thin and slender metal frame. It looks quirky and fun and it’s also easy to store and easy to care for. You can even carry it around with ease since it’s basically just a compact frame and cushions filled with air.
Another example of a chair with a fun and quirky design is the Loka which has an elegant and minimalist look with Nordic style influences. The frame is made of solid wood and is complemented by a series of foam cushions with different densities and fabric covers. These two elements are available in a variety of different colors which results in a multitude of interesting combinations.
Neither glass nor stone are common materials used in the manufacturing of chairs and yet that’s exactly what this cool-looking piece is made of. This is the Onyx armchair. It’s been designed to draw attention to the chair and to make the act of sitting feel conscious. So often we take things for granted and that includes chairs, but not this particular one.
Sturdy, comfortable and compact, the Tonella chair is highly versatile and able to adapt to a variety of settings and to look stylish in spaces such as the living room, dining area, bedroom or even in offices, hotel rooms or public spaces. It’s available with leather or fabric upholstery which contrasts nicely with the rounded metal base.
Rocking chairs are always charming and usually they have a rustic vibe. The concept has also been updated through designs such that of the Crossover chair which looks like the perfect choice for cozy reading corners, comfortable gatherings around the fireplace and casual lounge areas. Visually it looks like a cool hybrid piece between a rocker and an armchair and the name captures that perfectly.