Accent chairs are unique for their ability to effortlessly complement an interior design scheme—while remaining entirely distinct. Placed in concert with a sofa or other furniture, a thoughtfully selected accent chair should carry with it an element of panache that helps define and elevate a room's character. Bold silhouettes—like the elegant, yet inviting, Blu Dot Bloke Lounge Chair, above; and the Gus* Elk Chair, a sculptural update of the traditional Wingback Chair—embody the kind of strong, eye-catching presence that distinguishes the best modern accent chairs.
Bold Prints & Color
Prints and vivid colors aren't everyone's cup of tea, but a contemporary accent chair is well suited to serve up just the right dose of patterns and unexpected colorways. An accent chair, like the gorgeous GUBI Beetle Print Lounge Chair, above, clad in beautiful blooms, may be all a room needs to segue from stylish to extraordinary, but attention-getting colors don't always mean vibrant tones. The Gus* Margot Chair makes a fresh, pretty-in-pink addition to a contemporary setting, while the Kartell Mademoiselle Chair, clad in textiles designed by Ettore Sotsass, is as much art piece as furniture.
A Touch of Gold
When a touch of glamour is needed, look no further than gold. This on-trend finish has been an enduring presence on the modern design scene, in both overt and subtle ways—and accent chairs are reaping the shiny rewards. The Jonathan Adler Bacharach Swivel Chair, above, captures the glitzy glamour of the Art Deco era, complete with velvet upholstery and gleaming brass base, while the Knoll Platner Gold Armchair, plated in 18 karat gold, makes the Midas touch a literal concept. The Calligaris Saint Tropez Stackable Chair, with its organic form and brass base, brings an inspired infusion of gold to the contemporary space.
A surefire way to add visual interest to a room is by investing in Mid Century chairs. Instantly recognizable, and timeless in their beauty, modernist classics segue into any modern interior scheme without missing a beat—and are impossible to ignore. The Knoll Barcelona Chair, above, predates the Mid Century era, but ranks amongst the most recognizable emblems of 20th Century design. Eero Saarinen's enveloping Womb Chair effectively redefined the modern lounge chair, while Alvar Aalto and Norman Cherner created ravishing masterworks from humble plywood.