By Flore Girault. Armchair. Published at Monday, January 08th, 2018 - 09:11:21 AM.
If you trawl through the enormous array of different styles that the various manufacturers, you may notice that most armchairs seem to lack in originality. The problem with many designers is they seem to forget people have to sit in the chairs and it's the act of sitting that inspires the design of the chair... not the other way around. Furthermore, the armchair is designed to be sat in with comfort in mind: where backs, buttocks and arms should be supported ergonomically to take the pressure off the muscles across the shoulders and lower neck.
The notion of reconnecting with the past may spur us to find antique furniture pieces and welcome them in our homes, but this is not the only reason why we do so. Our taste for old glamour sends us back to adoring beautiful carvings and exquisite craftsmanship of traditional and classical designs. Nothing beats Victorian armchairs in magnificence and intricacy. They are luxurious to look at and even more luxurious to sink in to. The luscious velvet upholstery envelops your body like a warm embrace. Chippendale armchairs with their pagoda or gothic designed backrests attract the eyes with their complexity and fascinating fusion of style. Chinese yoke back armchairs have light and curvaceous silhouettes with smooth and rich solid wood that reminds you of another dynasty, another culture. Some of the most extravagant looking antique armchairs came from the Queen Anne period when they served royalty and nobles, now they provide a comforting piece of sitting and lounging furniture in a modified classical living room or a masculine and eclectic library.
There are some stunning looking armchairs available, and some of these are incredibly uncomfortable to sit in. Surely, that defeats the objective of being comfortable! Above all else, we want comfort from our armchairs. A plush, squishy, deep chair may seem the perfect choice, but its not as simple as that. You may think it is easy choosing one that is comfortable, but the fact is there is a lot to consider before buying them.
There are some lovely styles of armchairs, in a huge range of colours and materials. As stated earlier, leather is a very popular choice. It is hard wearing, looks good and is very comfortable. Leather may not be what you want, but don't worry; there are plenty of different upholstery styles and types. The choice of colour is endless, funky, traditional, cottage, chintz and everything in between. Whatever you eventually decide on, choose a style that fits your other furniture and room.
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