How to choose a stunning statement chair
The use of a carefully chosen accent or statement chair can add
In order to answer those all-important questions, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Gillian Keeling and Victoria Hughes of Gillian Victoria Interiors. These lovely ladies met when they began studying interior design. Based in Sevenoaks, they initially ‘bonded over a love for
Gillian loves contemporary design and cushions while Victoria loves to mix the old with the new. Together they know a thing or two about statement chairs and have kindly let me share their expertise.
lets clear up a little bit of mystery. What is a statement chair?
A statement chair is a chair that simply stands out. A
Why do you think statement chairs are so popular?
For me, man’s greatest invention wasn’t the wheel but the chair. Over centuries, numerous designers have put pen to paper in a bid to design a chair. From Egyptian
And as a statement piece, a chair is a great way of bringing high impact
The use of certain fabrics such as velvets, particularly in darker shades
We are seeing more opulent
How to choose a chair that works with your setting
When working with a client, I get a feel for the house and building as this will help me choose the perfect statement chair for its environment. A loft apartment
Pick a chair for your personality
I also consider the personality of the client. A statement is just that, a statement. What do you want your chair to say about you? There aren’t many people who can pull off a Vivien Westwood hat and not many people will embrace the bold design of the 1950’s egg chair. Getting to know, and working closely with, my client is of the
Select a chair that fits your current decorating scheme yet stand out for the right reasons
Like any choice in
Consider an upcycled statement chair
Upcycling is very current. Clients are considering how much impact a renovation will have on the environment. A tired statement chair covered in a luxury fabric is what I would recommend. A designer statement chair
Tips for choosing that
all important design, texture or colour
Perhaps the most important starting point is
The choice of
Where to position a statement chair so it doesn’t just hide in a corner
Firstly, we would look at the corner where the chair is going to live. Does the wall area need coverage? Does the chair itself need to be covered in fabric? Once we know what is required, then we start the “layering” process.
It’s all about contrast. The chair needs to ‘pop out’, and the means of doing this is contrast. A statement chair set against a
Can you give an example of how you have used a statement chair in a real home?
Gillian Victoria Interiors have recently furnished a modern cubed riverside home. The client had her own personal style and several wonderful pieces collected on family travels. The client also had an extensive book collection and an area dedicated especially for reading.
We suggested the classic Eames chair because while the house was modern in design the mid-century designers focused on strong square lines while curves
The Eames also sits on a wonderful wood veneer base
Using this new layout, the Eames was in full view, as nobody puts Eames in the corner! And what better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than reading and looking out to the garden.
What type of statement chair do you think will be in fashion next?
For me, the revival of the
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