ISSUE 104  |  Winter Wonderland

High/Low: The Fur-Covered Armchair

December 24, 2013 2:00 PM

BY Izabella Simmons

As you might have noticed, here at Remodelista we love living with sheepskins: Julie and I drape our sofa and chairs in sheepskins (my cats have quickly figured out that they’re the nicest surface to nap on in our house), Margot has sheepskin rugs on either side of her bed for a soft start and finish to the day, and Alexa uses hers to cover up her TV.

A while back, we admired Ilse Crawford’s reindeer fur addition to Alvar Aalto’s classic Tank chair, a limited-edition design unattainable for most. We were recently surprised to find a less pricy cousin: West Elm’s Leather Fur Sling Chair with a removable sheepskin. 


Above: The iconic birch Armchair 400 designed by Alvar Aalto in 1936 with reindeer fur upholstery, an Ilse Crawford twist to celebrate Finnish manufacturer Artek’s 75th anniversary. To learn more about the hard-to-come-by design, including how to create your own deerskin covering, see our previous post: Ilse Crawford Alto Armchair. Knicknamed The Tank, Armchair 400 is offered in a zebra pattern for $5,850 from Hive Modern. 


Above: The Leather + Fur Sling Chair has an ash frame and gray leather seat covered in a soft sheepskin; $1,099 from West Elm. 

Shopping for sheepskins? For draping ideas and sourcing, have a look at Design Sleuth: Sheepskin and Fur Throws and Design Sleuth: Sheepskin Bedcover. And if there’s a dog in your house, don’t miss DIY: Scandi Sheepskin Dog Bed.