ISSUE 6  |  Brooklyn Brownstones

10 Easy Pieces: Classic Upholstered Arm Chairs

February 09, 2011 11:15 AM

BY Janet Hall

One of life's necessities: A good upholstered arm chair for reading, sprawling, dozing. Here are our nominations for best classic off-the-floor upholstered armchairs; we've purposely sorted for scale, favoring slimmer dimensions over space-hogging behemoths.

N.B. Drop us a line at Remodelista and let us know if you have a nominee not seen here.

Above: Bay Area-based Serena & Lily recently introduced a line of classic upholstered furniture, including the Spruce Street Chair, which comes upholstered in muslin and with a washable slipcover (available in a wide variety of fabrics); $1,250 to $1,550 at Serena & Lily.

Above: Cisco Brothers' Alma Chair is made of 100 percent FSC Pure certified wood and features natural and organic upholstery and slipcover options, including linens, hemps, and velvets. Priced from $1,740 at Cisco Home.

Above: The Celia Chair from Terence Conran's Well Considered Collection features elegant proportions and a soft feather cushion seat; $895 from the Conran Shop.

Above: The Fritillaria Chair by New York-based decoupage artist John Derian is based on an original Napoleon III-style pair of chairs; $1,950 in muslin (the cost for an accompanying slipcover is $570) or $2,460 in Belgian linen through Cisco Home.

Above: The American-made Paris Bedroom Chair features a sustainably harvested wood frame with feather wrapped foam cushions (100 percent feather-filled cushions are also available) and is available in a range of cottons, linens, and velvets; $1,980 from Canvas in New York.

Above: The Graydon Chair is upholstered in Patton pewter linen and costs $1,750 at Jayson Home and Garden.

Above: Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams' Anna Chair starts at $1,670 through Ruby Living.

Above: The American-made Pimlico Bedroom Chair features a sustainably harvested wood frame with feather wrapped foam cushions (100 percent feather-filled cushions are also available) and is available in a range of cottons, linens, and velvets; $1,890 at Canvas in New York.

Above: Lee Industries was an early leader in eco-friendly manufacturing; the company's Chair 1573-01 can be ordered through Alan Ferguson.

Above: Cisco Brothers Betula Chair; prices start at $1,910 at Cisco Home.

Above: From Belgian-influenced furniture maker Verellen comes the Maggie Chair, which is available from Wildflower Organics; prices start at $1,900.