A Complete Guide to Modern Chairs

I’ve got chairs on my mind.

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Some of you might know that I live in a house that dates back to the early 1800s and was once the Mint of Goa. The house is built in the typical Goan-Portuguese style with high ceilings, wooden floors and big airy rooms. The house has been in my husband’s family for over 100 years and is full of old and beautiful antique furniture. The chairs in the house are typically part of a set, with cane seats and backs. Several tilt towards the ornate with elaborate carvings on the back.


Keeping this background in mind,  I must confess I am often drawn to the sparseness of modern furniture. Formal wooden chairs are lovely to look at but not always the most comfortable to lounge in. I feel that overtly traditional homes breathe better with a good dose of the contemporary in it. I would like to see the occasional modern chair in our house like a Barcelona or Eames Armchair Rocker. These would go into a quiet corner (dream on!) and would pair up with a tall floor lamp and a pile of books. (And earplugs – now, wouldn’t that be bliss.)

Do you know your Wassily from your Jacobsen? Curious to know who designed the Egg Chair or what the ‘Coconut Chair’ looks like? OneKingsLane has created an extremely helpful guide to chairs taking you from Pre-Modern to now. If you love design, OKL’s ‘Complete Guide to Modern Chairs’ is one of those staples that you must pin and download and save for future reference. 

Do you have any interesting chairs in your home?

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