Mid Century, French, English. You name a type of chair, and I love it. They add interest and character to simple interiors and can balance out a room by incorporating a particular style or influence without overpowering a room. Much more than functional seating, accent chairs can emphasize an era or act as the gateway for blending several. Whether you use them for sitting, as a place to show off bags or baubles, or a work of art all on their own, accent chairs pack a surprising style punch.
Italian 1950’s Chivari Chair
A visual bonbon, this chair is a bit like Audrey Hepburn: chic and elegant without being showy. The gold open seashell back adds a less formal feel, while the blue seat is almost too pretty to sit on.
Midcentury fireside chair
In appealing green, these chairs beckon to be scooched together for cozy fireside chats. A sleek sloped back with detailing is comfy and supportive, yet these chairs also bring to mind an image of sipping tea with a crooked pinkie and a super straight spine.
French Continental Chairs
Fit for a king or queen! Regal and refined, the chair legs almost look like they are decked out in jewelry. A firm seat topped by a crowned back with a curvy silhouette allows you to hold court for any audience. The smooth, rich grain of the wood harkens back centuries, yet this chair’s appeal is cross-generational.
Antique Leather French Chair
A rich olive seat and back offset by a cream frame. The distressed leather manages to look opulent and weathered at the same time. Studded beading adds luxury.
Stark-Designed Ghost Chair
Starck-designed Ghost chairs are the ultimate in minimalist and modern chic. The Ghost chairs, which are Starck’s reimaging of the Louis XVI armchair, make a dramatic statement, yet are extremely versatile and can blend well within a room’s décor as easily as they can stand out. Fun fact: you can actually use these Ghost chairs indoors or outside.
Ready for more inspiration? I recommend Charlotte and Peter Fiell's 1000 Chairs. The book is a beautifully curated look and analysis of chairs across different eras of design.