Design Dilemma: Chairs that Function as Art
Who says an arm chair has to be boring? Fantastical shapes, brilliant colors, interesting textures, can transform a purely utilitarian object into, well, a work of art. Suddenly, an extra seat for guests (used only occasionally) can function as a beautiful sculpture (seen and admired every day). So what kind of chairs are we talking about? Here are six examples:
1) Brent Cordner and Dave Kral’s Round Felt Chair
Named after the “in the round” technique of knitting sleeves or socks, this chair utilizes a tubular steel frame in one continuous line that closes in a loop. The manufacturer, Luflic, says there’s enough surface area in the seat to ensure comfort. The chair is available in either solid colors or in stripes. The striped felt makes each chair unique.
2) The Karmelina Martina Helix Chair
Manufactured by Moroso Spa, the Karmelina Martina Helix chair is a soft, fantastical fish of a chair that is sure to become a centerpiece whereever it is used.
3) Dror-Benshetrit Peacock Arm Chair
The Peacock chair manufactured by Cappellini is made entirely of a single sheet of felt wrapped over a metal base varnished in dark brown. It comes in two-tone felt combining a base of grey with green and blue or a one-tone felt in green or blue.
4) The Ulla Koskinen My & Roo Chair
Manufactured by Woodnotes, this lounge chair is really more of a bean bag, but with more style than most. The cover of sand paper yarn cotton fabric is removable and changeable. The material is dustless, antistatic and soil resistant.
5) The Stefan Borselius Dunder Seat
A section sofa and easy chair range, this arm chair, manufactured by Bla Station was born from an idea that all we need are pillows!
6) Jean-Marie Massaud Armchair
Perhaps our favorite for both style and comfort, this Poltrana Frau leather chair looks something like a stylish baseball glove. The frame of the backrest and seat is in steel with polyurethane foam padding that has been molded and shaped with polyester wadding where its needed. The feet are made ofÂ cast aluminium and tubular steel frame with a gunmetal grey finishing.