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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Affordable Midcentury Chairs for the Bedroom

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Iconic furniture designer Mies van der Rohe once said: “A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier.” His Barcelona chair has certainly withstood the test of time, ubiquitous as it is in interior design today. Beautifully spare, it's also surprisingly comfortable.

I'm on the hunt for a pair of chairs for our bedroom that complement the mood and color scheme of the recent makeover, but are also inviting and comfortable to sit in. I'm struck by how very expensive the good ones are, which I suppose is testament to the design challenge a choice chair represents.

Here are some that catch my eye; tell me what you think?


Roar + Rabbit Chair, West Elm 

Mylo, West Elm, $399
Field Lounge Chair, Blu Dot, $1,399
Nest Armchair, Dot & Bo, $1,000

Engage Arm Chair, All Modern, $1,119 (pair)

The brass swivel base of West Elm's Roar + Rabbit, coupled with its lush velvet fabric make it as inviting a bedroom chair as I've seen in some time. And I LOVE the color; it would look great with our gray and yellow color scheme and would complement the artwork in the room. I'm unsure about the velvet, though. Seems to me I love velvet furniture in cold weather, but it feels off in summer months. I'm going to call in a sample and sleep on it.

I love West Elm's Mylo, but is it comfortable? I will have to pay it a visit and give it the sit test. The Blu Dot chair is a bit spendy, given I'll need two, but I love the look. The Nest, by Dot & Bo, puts one in mind of Knoll's Womb chair, which I love, at 1/3 the price. While not inexpensive, it does come with the ottoman. So, that's something to think about. The best deal here may be All Modern's Engage chairs, which come as a pair. I love their profile and color. I'm eagerly awaiting the fabric sample.

Our chair needs to be low-profile, as I'm going to place them in the bay window and I don't want the back of the chair to block light. Also, it must have arms. While I love the look of slipper chairs in a bedroom, they're just not comfortable to read in. I'm going to place a low table between the chairs if I see one I like. An ottoman is also an option.

The changes we've made so far have certainly transformed the room. Charcoal gray linen curtains limn the bay window, white nightstands and white bedding clear the space, creating a more serene and spare room.


A recent visitor asked me if I'd just had the floors redone, they looked so glossy. We haven't touched them since they were refinished right before we moved in three years ago. It's that the tucked-in bedding and wall-mounted nightstands simply reveal more floor. Our minimalist remodel plays up the architectural details of the room. And I love that.


Which chair did you like? Does one jump out at you as just right for this space?