Sitting pretty: Five armchair trends
According to the latest statistics, around half of us spend between five and eight hours a day sitting down – mostly on office chairs. With this in mind, it’s all the more important that we can relax in comfort when we get home. And where better to put your feet up than your favourite armchair – both a practical piece of furniture and a design object in its own right? In this article, we give you the low-down on the latest armchair trends from major interior design shows Maison & Objet and imm Cologne.
1. Creative furniture design from the UK: Made About the House Accent Chair
This comfortable easy chair was created by British designer Kate Watson-Smyth for Made.
The multi-talented Watson-Smyth started her career as a journalist, and is one of the UK’s top interior design bloggers. The Made About the House Accent Chair is her first creation, and the piece has been a huge success. Comfortable and practical, the lounge chair has small castors on the front legs, enabling it to be repositioned easily in spite of its generous proportions and high-quality, weighty construction. The legs are made from real American walnut, while the luxuriously thick upholstery makes this the perfect chair to sink into after a long and tiring day. The lush velvet cover is right on trend in Midnight Blue, one of this season’s most-wanted colours.
2. Freistil: 173 Armchair
Any design enthusiast will be familiar with Freistil, a sub-brand of Rolf Benz. The label is known for its high-quality furniture designs and distinct, appealing design language – characteristics which are shared by the 173 Armchair. Its rounded edges are inviting and comfortable.
The steel inner frame and anti-sagging sprung upholstery produce a durable and sturdy chair that will stand the test of time; the soft upholstery is comfortable and stylish. And even better: The upholstery covers are available in a huge range of fabrics, from velour to cotton, in a variety of colours and patterns.
3. Fri Easy Chair by Fritz Hansen
The thinking behind the name of the “Fri” chair – the Danish word for “free” – becomes obvious as soon as you set eyes on it: With its clear lines and open shape, the design invites communication in a welcoming and open way.
The high-quality chair was developed by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon in collaboration with cult Danish designer Fritz Hansen. The smooth curves of the Fri Easy Chair adapt to the body, creating a chair that feels like a cosy and comforting cocoon. The elegant chair is available in a range of colours with legs to match.
4. On-trend armchair by the Designer of the Year
Our next armchair trend was created by design company Moooi. You might have heard that name before: One of the founders of the label is Marcel Wanders, who was named as Designer of the Year at imm Cologne at the beginning of 2018. Moooi is a company at the cutting edge of contemporary Dutch design.
Although the Moooi Smoke Armchair was first developed back in 2002, it is a timeless piece in distinctive burnt wood. The wood is treated with epoxy resin after burning, which protects the finish and produces a uniquely shiny, amber-like surface. The foam upholstery and luxury leather cover provide the finishing touches to the sophisticated design. Each piece is a genuine one-off: No two Smoke Armchairs are exactly alike.
5. A trendy classic: Votteler Chair
This well-known and loved design is our final armchair trend for this season. The 368 reading and relaxing armchair was designed in 1956 by Arno Votteler, and has become a mid-century design classic, combining Scandinavian austerity with comfort.
The armrests invite you to sit and rest on the luxurious upholstery in subtle, understated colours, while the angled cushions rest on a delicate tubular steel frame. The chair is the perfect retro centrepiece for your home, bridging the gap between streamlined design and a welcoming, contemporary lounge atmosphere.
Whether you like your chairs big and beautiful or Scandi and streamlined, there is sure to be something for you in this season’s varied and creative armchair design trends.
We can’t wait to see what next year’s interior design shows have in store for our armchair critics!
Which armchair trends inspire you the most? Which design is your favourite? Let us know in the comments.