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Chair Obsessions Part Six: Leather Leather Everywhere

A great piece of leather furniture will last a life time. By great piece, I am thinking a sofa, side chairs, lounge chair, bench or stool that can withstand the ever changing "home trends" of the moment. Think of a this type of leather furniture as an high-quality LBD equivalent. It will never go out of style. Whether you pick a vintage, modern, or contemporary piece leather furniture will always be in vogue. Personally, I gravitate towards leathers in various shades of brown, and the occasional cream or black leather piece (Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman!) As of late, I have been enjoying lighter tan or pale pink leathers that invoke a relaxed northern Californian meets Southwestern vibe.

Chair Obsessions Part Five: I Need Them All

WHOA. It has been too long (January!) since the last round-up of my current chair obsessions. For this round-up there is no theme. Some are leather, others painted, metal accents, maybe color punch worthy fabric too.  To begin is the Robin Day Festival Hall 658 chair. A beautiful retro chair with blonde wood and fabric components. The Tropicalia chair by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso is both playful and bold, and is the perfect punch of color for your space. I enjoy the geometric forms created by its multiple colors that are also used to create a pattern. Now, for those that source eco-friendly furnishings, the Ciel! chair for Tabisso is an elegant high-end chair both for residential and office use. Its craftsmanship takes into account the full life-cycle of its design, from inception through production. Combining both retro aesthetics with bold colors and form, the Ignacia chair by Sergio Martinez is statement worthy. It is the perfect accent chair.  Rounding out this Chair Obsessions is the Leather Tillie Armchair.  A modern spin on a classic English leather wrapped chair with a houndstooth cushion. It is time to lounge. 

Chair Obsessions Part Four

Bring on the gold, lacquer, craftsmanship, and wood. These elements set the tone for these scene stealing chairs. The Eames side chair golden. Gold leaf, fiberglass, lacquered metal, design perfection. In the same vein, Hans Olsen chair in a lacquered teakwood with metallic cover. Both of these jewels of design, work well in multiples or as a single statement side chair. I want both of them. Rami Tareef created COD for Gaga & Design at imm Cologne 2013. The intricately woven synthetic sleeve is a beautiful juxtaposition to the rigid steel frame.  The colors are muted, but his design is successfully bold. STEEL chair by Reinier de jong is a simple chair that highlights its natural components. Color and texture results from the materials used to create what becomes STEEL chair. Similarly, the reclaimed teak rocker from sobusobu uses reclaimed and natural components to create a show stopping rocker. It is more subdued than gold and lacquered design, but just as attention worthy in any space. 

Black Accents

Black Accents whether in art, architecture, textiles, fashion, or interior design are my favorite. I have an inclination towards the bold pop black adds to its surroundings, and if it incorporates a geometric or minimalist twist, even better. Here is my round-up of current favorite black accents: 1. Love this modern interior photographed by Heidi Lerkenfeldt that showcases a variety of black accents from furniture, textiles, and a lamp.  2. The furniture object with some monochromatic punch in the Brooklyn home of Hannelore Knuts & Nicolas Provost. 3. Eames wire chair with a black leather "bikini" cushion. Perfect. 4. A black & white rug from House Doctor that features a geometric print (clearly I am a sucker for this design aesthetic). 5. Jean-Christophe Aumas' multihued Paris apartment. A perfect example to go bold and dark with wall color. The dark paint shown is from Dulux Valentine. 6. Black & white hand-woven rugs made in Sardinia and designed by Carollna Mells. Woven in the pibiones technique that creates a raised effect. 7. The black accent featured on the Cappellini Bac  chair designed by Jasper Morrison offers a nice contrast to the light wood frame.

Chair Obsessions Part Three

I’ve said it before, but to reiterate - chairs are my favorite pieces of furniture.  Ariele of Brooklyn to West did an awesome reupholstery of a classic chair silhouette with a modern geometric textile. The Leftovers Chair by Lauren Davies is a beautiful assemblage of different species of wood.  Changing mediums and materials, Nicole Franzen lifestyles photograph of mis-matched leather chairs, a stool, and upright light capture a moment and space perfectly. The style featured on the Nyahem blog showcases natural materials mixed with modern handcrafted design; and how could I leave out a Victoria Ghost Chair by Kartell.

Chair Obsessions Part Two

Where to begin. Chairs are probably my favorite types of furniture. I love the various ways in which they are created, and all the possible outcomes. Wood chairs are my absolute favorite. I love plastic, metal, and upholstered chairs, but wood chairs always come out victorious. Throw in some leather or a geometric pattern with the wood based chair, and I'm even happier. Enjoy these beautiful crafted and architectural gems of furniture.

Chair Obsessions

Chairs. One of my most favorite types of furniture. Lately those with eye-catching fabric patterns + being rockers have caught my attention. I also enjoy a traditional frame mixed with modern textiles. The first two images are from the amazing portland based beam & anchor store, and the third is a piece of family furniture.