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Buying Designer Armchairs Online: What to Keep in Mind When Looking for an Armchair

Commonplace and yet not immediately obvious: The armchair is a symbol of coziness and comfortable living. The term "armchair" means comfortable chairs for one person, which usually have soft cushions and armrests, yet sometimes describes loungers, too. Nevertheless: The armchair is indispensable in our living room. Numerous designers are working to get maximum convenience and functionality out of the classic armchair.
They created and continue to create individual seating objects - including designer armchairs that have made history. In different style eras, special armchair shapes became popular.

Among them the chaise longue of the Late Baroque, lounge chairs such as the Winchester of the 17th century, the club chair of the Art Déco time or the cocktail chair of the 1950s. The best part about all the different chair shapes of the past:

Today, you can choose between armchairs of all previous style and design periods.

Armchairs : the Classics Among the Designer Objects

Some chairs - and their closely-linked designers - are indispensable from the history of design. Among those the Vitra Lounge Chair designed by the 50s design legends Charles and Ray Eames, which themselves were inspired by a traditional English club chair. The designers wanted to combine ultimate comfort with the highest quality in materials and craftsmanship. They managed to turn the designer armchair into a metaphor for stylish comfort. Also in the 50s, the designer Arne Jacobsen designed the Egg Chair for the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen.

Many design brands offer armchair classics with new coatings; That’s how for example Softline offers a re-interpretation of the classic Egg Chair and Vitra produces the Lounge Chair in new dimensions.

Leather or Textile? The Question of an Armchair’s Surface

The surface choice also depends on taste: Nowadays the decision isn’t just about fabric or leather anymore. There are even plastic chairs by Kartell or wooden chairs such as Artek's Paimio. The Paimio chair made by design legend Alvar Aalto, for example, is more comfortable as one might expect at first sight. More of a lounge chair than a relaxing chair – wooden chairs are naturally not really made to relax in while in front of the chimney. But in a comfortable round of family and friends it is surely an alternative 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 treated leather. Bright leather chairs are likely to slightly fade over time, due to sunshine and other environmental influences – some people love such a patina, others don’t. Thicker leather and pigmented leather are more robust against fading, but they are also less cozy.


When you choose a fabric coated chair there is a similar problem: Natural fibers are more sensitive than synthetic ones. They are more sensitive to sunshine and friction. But natural fabrics are better in the regulation of temperature and humidity than plastic materials. Whether legendary traditional armchairs such as the Egg by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen or the modern, nearly provocative ones, such as the Nemo Chair by Driade: the most important thing to keep in mind when considering a chair for the TV, lounging, relaxation, or sleeping is the rest of the furniture.

Designer Armchairs – Your Advantages at Connox

A large, curated selection of armchairs by famous designers can be found in the Connox interior design shop. Let yourself be inspired by the wide range of high-quality design furniture and add some coziness and comfort to your living room!