We offer a lot in here, from design classics up to contemporaneous creations of current designers. A small decision aid for the right armchair follows here.
A small overview
Used every day – but not so obvious: in Germany an armchair is considered a comfortable chair for one person, which usually has soft cushions and armrests. In England people say that there isn’t a definitive word, since “armchair” includes chairs with and without armrests. And in Austria the meaning of “armchair” and “chair” is just the opposite.
Special chairs became popular in different style époques, the chaiselongue in the Rococo, eggchairs in the Winchester of the 17th century, the club chair in the Art Décor or the cocktail chair in the 1950s. The wonderful part of it is that the different shapes of the past make the selection of styles bigger today.
Classic or modern armchair?
Whether legendary armchairs such as the Egg Armchair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen or the modern, nearly provocative ones, such as the Nemo Chair by Driade: first of all we consider our furnishing when it comes to include a lounge chair, a TV chair, a relax chair or a bed chair. Is there already a Sofa or a couch in the room, with 2 or 3 seats? How do the other furniture pieces look like? Shall the armchair suit the rest of the living room or would a bit of contrast be good? Should the lounge chair replace a lounge together with an ottoman or should it appear alone or in a group of chairs?
A modern chair might look a little weird in classic ambiences – but it might also create a curious contrast. Here it is about personal taste. You will find inspiration in our picture galleries of the different products. For those of you that won’t decide for one only chair, this might be no problem, since the decision between classic and modern is often simply impossible:
Many manufacturers meanwhile offer armchair classics with new coatings; That’s how for example Softline offers a re-interpretation of the classic eggchair (or ears chair) and Vitra produces the Lounge Chair with new dimensions. Swivel chair and cantilever are often as well comfortable as the much cited beanbag, but a whole lot nobler.
Leather or textile? The question about coatings
The coating also depends on taste: Nowadays the decision isn’t about fabrics or leather anymore, but there are even plastic chairs by Kartell or wooden chairs, such as Paimio by Artek. Thereby the chair Paimio made by the design legend Alvar Aalto is even more comfortable as one might expect on the first sight. More a club chair than a relax chair – wood chairs are naturally not really made to relax a while in front of the chimney. But in a comfortable round of friends and relatives it is surely an alternatively today as well as in the past.
Many armchair classics, such as the “egg” or the “swan” even offer both: leather and fabric as coating material. Each armchair thereby has advantages and disadvantages:
In general terms one can say that natural leather is more sensitive than the treated one. Bright leather chairs are especially sensible against patina emerging from intense usage, sunshine and other environmental influences – some people love such a patina, others don’t. Thicker leather and pigmented leather are more robust against usage but they are also less cosy.
When you chose a fabric coated chair there is a similar problem: Natural fibres are more sensitive than synthetic ones. They are more responsive against sunshine and friction. But natural fabrics are better for temperature regulation and humidity regulation than plastic materials. Designer chairs often offer a selection of different fabrics and mix-textiles, since they connect the advantages of natural fabrics and plastic.
It doesn’t matter which chair you choose: the possibility of buying your favourite one in the home design shop safely is absolutely given.