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Chairs with flair

Chairs with flair

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Curl up in the latest armchairs and sofas this season

Blues and greens are the 2017 ‘colours of the year’ in interior design and they translate rather nicely into fabrics for sofas and chairs – from Multiyork to trendy Content by Terence Conran, you’ll see them everywhere this summer.

We especially love Anthology’s glamorous Ikko upholstery fabrics, new this spring. Inspired by the intricate patterns and fine textures found in the natural world, Ikko, which means ‘fragment’, is a plush velvet (with echos of tree bark and fissures in arid earth, apparently…). It comes in 19 colourways, including several blues and greens, and is suitable for curtains and bedcovers as well as upholstery.

If pattern is your thing, check out Multiyork’s latest ranges too – their Greenwich chair in Monsoon Calista Denim is styled in a fairly traditional way with elegant turned legs, but it picks up subtly on the trend for denim blues and it would really work in all sorts of different settings.

Snuggle up

It’s not just colour but also size and shape that have had a bit of a shake-up recently and the latest big trend is for ‘cuddle’ or ‘snuggle’ seats. They’re larger than an armchair but take up less room than a two-seater sofa, so they’re perfect in smaller rooms or as additional seating in larger spaces.

A case in point is the lovely Chatsworth Snuggler in zingy Grapefruit by Laura Ashley, or try the Jazz by Sofas by Saxon, a contemporary take on a traditional Chesterfield. It’s available as a 1.5-seater snuggle chair, as well as a chair and a two-seater, three-seater or four-seater sofa. It has a coil-sprung buttoned seat, deep buttoned back and arms and you can choose your covering from a big selection of leathers, fabrics – or even supply your own. There’s also a choice of feet styles and studs, too.

Similarly customisable, if rather more sedate in colour, are the Studio chair and two-seater sofa in Birch Black leather by Sofas by Saxon. The understated contemporary shape and chrome legs of the Studio range belie its comfort – Dacron filled back and foam and Dacron combination seats ensures it’s comfy to sit on as well as good to look at – a combination that’s often surprisingly hard to find! It’s available as a chair, two or three-seater sofa and matching footstool and, as with the Jazz (mentioned before), there’s a wide selection of leathers and fabrics to choose from, or you can supply your own.

Relax in style

If you immediately think of your grandparents’ home when you hear the term ‘recliner chair’, the James from Wharfside will certainly change your view of them. It’s super-trendy, available in an eye-popping yellow and yet still super-comfortable, whether you’re relaxing in it by watching TV or watching the sun go down.

Easy elegance

For an air of sophisticated elegance, you can’t beat neutrals and British furniture makers Parker Knoll are doing these beautifully this season. Their Harrow two-seater sofa in Mancini Pewter is a real must-have if you want a touch of glamour without overdoing the bling factor.

Talking of which… for a real wow, the Magie Blanc armchair is exclusively designed by Newtons and is hand carved from mahogany with a beautiful silver lustre hand-finished in silver leaf before being glazed to protect the finish. It is a piece of furniture that’s built to last and could be a fabulous centrepiece in your room for years to come – and it could be OTT but somehow, in the right setting, it’s not. It simply makes you smile, in a good way…

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