I love a statement chair. There’s nothing more striking than one eye-catching piece offset by more understated furniture, and the humble chair has spawned some particularly innovative designs over the decades. Philippe Starck’s ‘Ghost’ chair, Mies Van der Rohe’s ‘Barcelona’ chair, Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s ‘Paulistano’ chair… the list of classics that I secretly covet is rather long.
One of my all-time favourites is Harry Bertoia’s ‘Side Chair’, which was designed in 1952, and I’m over the moon to have tracked down a couple of affordable vintage ones via Bristol-based eyespy. They date from the 1970s so they’re a little worn in places, but they’re beautiful nonetheless.
I love the design’s blend of industrial materials and graceful, mid-century lines (it’s often been described as ‘sculptural’), and the geometric shadows it casts on the walls and floors. I’ve draped my pair in sheepskins to add a touch of contrasting cosiness, and I’ve put them at either end of the gnarled wooden table in our as-yet-unfinished dining room.
I’ve put together a Pinterest board featuring more of my favourite statement pieces. What about you? Which iconic designs do you love?
Photography by Abi Dare