27 Jun 2010

Dining Room: Top 10 Chairs

There is no shortage of amazing dining room chairs. The ones that I love the most, however, might not be the ones that we choose. I came to this realization yesterday when my daughter wiped her tomato sauce covered hands all over our current set. What to do? Not much, I suppose. We just can’t have anything too precious at this point.

Still, that won’t stop me from sharing my top picks. Starting with Naoto Fukasawa’s Hiroshima chair. I first spotted these unbelievable chairs at Mjolk in Toronto. The wood is ridiculously smooth and I love the added comfort from the grey upholstered seat.

Below: The Formstelle Morph chair by Zeitraum is seriously lovely. I particularly like the version made from American walnut with cloth upholstery. Plus, I have to say that this chair looks even better in person.

Below: The CH20 Elbow Chair was designed by Hans Wegner in 1956 and looks as current as ever. Produced by Carl Hansen & Son.

Below: The Deer chair by Turkish design firm Autobahn has a great mix of style and function. It looks pretty damn good and is supposedly quite comfortable. Produced by De La Espada.

Below: Margot Chair by Dune. I love the design and the name! (Well, I’m biased, for those that know).

Below: A Knoll classic – the Flat Bar Brno Chair by Mies van der Rohe. I never get sick of this design and they are seriously comfortable.

Below: I think with kids, the Eames Molded Plastic Side chair is a great choice. They’d be easy to clean, are surprisingly comfortable, and look great.

Below: The chair below was designed by Belgian furniture designer, Alain Berteau. Discovered on the blog Belgchic (who in turn found it through Remodelista). How’s that for recycling?

Below: Ecole chair by Benjamin Hubert Studio

Below: To finish things off, you must watch the making of Bernhardt’s Corvo Chairs by French designer Noe-Duchaufour-Lawrence. Whether it’s food or furniture, I love seeing where things are made. The video adds a whole new level of appreciation to this design.

Corvo Chair by Bernhardt Design from Sight Unseen on Vimeo.

23 Jun 2010

Library: Lounge Seating

We’ve decided to add a lounge chair to our library – the decision was easy, since I don’t think we’ll have room for anything else.

If I could have my way, I’d put an FK87 grasshopper lounge chair in this room. I’ve loved this piece for years, but sadly my wallet wouldn’t be too pleased if I took the plunge.

Ditto for Poul Kjaerholm’s PK22 Easy Chair (or any PK pieces for that matter). You never know, though. I’m going to keep my eyes open for a good vintage find. For now, I’ll just admire the shots below.

Even though the Eames lounge chair is totally overdone, I do love it. There’s a reason it’s a classic. It’s comfy and stunning and would do the trick nicely. Same goes for the Knoll Womb Chair. Once you sit in one, you’ll understand why you keep seeing these pieces all around.

Above: Photos care of Plastolux

7 Jun 2010

Living Room: Side chairs

Now the fun part. We’re starting to narrow down our options for living room furniture. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I love chairs. Choosing just one set of side chairs will be my challenge – but with so many amazing options out there it will be hard to go wrong. As always, price and function will come into play, but if I didn’t have any constraints, I’d be sitting pretty on one of these:

Above: Vintage Eames Aluminum Group chairs. Photo care of Owen and Vokes.

Below: Vintage Arne Jacobsen Tulip chair and Swan chair. Photos via stylist Lotta Agaton. It’s funny – I was never into the tulip or swan chairs until I started this build process. I’ve just seen them placed in so many amazing rooms that they’ve grown on me – I particularly like them when they’re well worn.
Below: PK22 chair by Poul Kjaerholm (paired with PK-61 low table with slate top)
Below: Didier Gomez Dessau chair for Ligne Roset.
Below: Cappellini Low Pad Chair by Jasper Morrison
Below: Walter Knoll Fabricius Armchair
Below: I don’t know if the chairs below are Knoll or knock-offs, but it doesn’t matter. I love them. Spotted in RUM magazine. Pretty lovely scones as well.