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We all need chairs and we all have chairs, but do we really have unique chairs with character? Because our homes reflect our style, I think style should be a major factor in choosing furniture. As such, there are some hot trends in home decor that are reflected in the chairs I have selected.
One such trend is everything British. From the Royal Wedding to the Olympics, Union Jack design is all the rage, from pillows and flags to sofas and chairs (as seen on the Zuo Modern Union Jack Tufted Armchair above) .
Gunmetal dining chairs with an industrial bent (like the Set of 4 Zuo Modern Elio Gunmetal Dining Chairs) can be seen from hip restaurants to the pages of most chic home decor magazines. Lightweight and versatile, these metal chairs are fuss-free and will even work well outside, provided you don’t let them bake in the sun...ouch! Paired with the craze for retro-industrial ceiling lights, you can’t go wrong.
I happen to like the trend that marries super traditional interiors with modern furnishings. The juxtaposition creates stylish interiors with much to discuss. The contemporary Zuo Drop Stool is totally whimsical and unexpected and brings back classic lines from the 1960s. Think Go-Go boots and Twiggy!
Chrome mesh chairs have made a comeback with the interest in everything Mid-century. Like the gunmetal chairs, they are easy to move around, look good bare or with a thin cushion for padding. These stunning Mesh Chrome Dining Chairs have made it a long way from the patios of Levittown.
I have been seeing mod sectionals like this Zuo Circus Red Sectional Single Chair for a while now. Whether grouped together or on their own, this nod to the 1970s offers insane comfort, bold color and a relief from the black leather sectionals that have dominated the field for too long.
Which one is your favorite of these five unique chairs with character?
Photos: Savvy Home.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.