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Windsor 478 armchair with ottoman by Lucian Ercolani for Ercol, 1950s, UK
Windsor 478 armchair with ottoman by Lucian Ercolani for Ercol, 1950s, UK
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Beautiful and very comfortable Windsor 478 armchair with ottoman. This armchair was designed by Lucian Ercolani for Ercol and was manufactured during the 1950s in the United Kingdom. The frame of the armchair and ottoman are made of solid ash-wood. The quiet dialogue between the green of the upholstery and the honey-color of the wood is very elegant and the item is in a very good vintage shape. It preserves both original labels (the one on the armchair is just a partial, but the one on the ottoman is intact).
Pair of Swedish Gemla Mobler chairs. The structure and the armrests – made of curved wood – give a natural, organic and pleasant shape. This is completed in a beautiful way by the wool upholstery, in a shade of green that is specific for the Mid-Century furniture. This chairs can fit any nice interior, having the ability to create a warm atmosphere in the room. The chairs are in very good shape with only few age-related traces.
At Helge River in Diö, in the heart of the old forests of Småland, lies Sweden’s oldest furniture factory (founded in 1861). Its inner sanctum, beech and ash are tamed into time- less furniture by skilled craftsmen who know which way the wood likes to bend. Stretching and flexing, easing and teasing, until the steaming hot wood finds its form. And the wood will not be rushed. The transformation from log into chair takes days, sometimes even weeks. The technique has been used by boat and fence builders since ancient times but was refined in the mid 1800’s by Thonet into the iconic chair, worn my millions of seats in the cafés of Europe. The shape is determined by the best and the brightest of their time. Back then their names were Peter Celsing, Yngve Ekström, Sigurd Lewerentz and Carl Malmsten. Now they are Jonas Bohlin, Front, Lisa Hilland and Mats Theselius.
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What style of accent armchairs will work for me?
Consider the room’s current design scheme as well as your personal preferences when making this decision. Do you want something that can double as a focal point? If so, find something with exposed wood and less padding, or a piece upholstered in a unique materials, such as a vibrant velvet. Do you want to sink into your new seat with a glass of wine at the end of a long day? If relaxation is your main goal, you’ll want a design where comfort is key — think thick cushions, wide armchairs, or even a giant papasan chair. Consider the following types of chairs for your home:
Armchairs: Just like the name says, these feature two arms, and are synonymous with comfy living room chairs. They come in many styles, but the most common are the soft and inviting oversized chairs that sport substantial armrests. These are perfect for curling up in, and can be super conducive to getting lost in a good book. Smaller models, like barrel or club armchairs, can be a great way to incorporate that same cozy feeling in a slightly more formal way.
Egg Chairs: The modern futuristic look of this iconic style, created by Arne Jacobsen in 1958, is sure to be a showstopper. It’s been said the design of the egg chair was inspired by the popular womb chair; both styles feature womb-like shapes and round, modern curves. Its cousin, the swan armchair, is a smaller, less encompassing version, but will bring an equally modern and fun look to any room.
How big should my armchair be?
This depends on where you plan to put it. Determining the size is all about understanding scale — if it’s going in a spacious living room, a larger armchair will work, but if it’s going into a tight guest bedroom or a corner, consider one of smaller stature, such as a slipper chair or a corner chair. In addition, keep in mind the other furnishings in the room so that the size of your new piece works with them, not against them.
What upholstery material should I consider for armchairs?
In many cases, upholstered chairs tend to be accent pieces, so it may be fun to use a patterned fabric or bold color to make a statement. Cotton and polyester designs usually come in the widest variety of colors and patterns, but might not be the winners if you’re looking for fabrics that are easy to clean. If your style is more easy-going and classic, consider leather or microfiber; both are fairly easy to clean and will withstand wear-and-tear over time. Always take your climate into account as well when choosing an upholstered chair — for example, leather chairs may not be the best choice for hot sticky climates.
Should I pair my living room chair with an ottoman?
Ottomans and footstools are great for kicking back and relaxing, and work well if your armchair falls in line with a more casual, lounging style. Think along the lines of a leather chair and ottoman tucked in the corner by a cozy fireplace. If it’s too formal, a footrest may seem out of place. You’ll always need to consider space: Will there still be sufficient room for pathways and access to the chair itself? If so, your next step will be to make sure to get the height and width right. To maximize comfort, both pieces should be of similar width, with the footstool being as high as or slightly lower than the seat height. Ideally, you should try to coordinate the pieces by matching color, material or pattern.
Spectacular coffee table made in Germany, in the 1970s. The top of the table – made of Green Alps marble – has a quite impressive diameter (98 cm) and is in perfect shape. It’s exquisite color (green with black swirls and veins) is placed in a remarkable dialogue with the coldness and the sobriety of the structure, made of well-polished stainless steel. The legs of the table, resembling the fins of a space-rocket, are consistent with Atomic/Space Age design shapes and lines This is special, stylish, well preserved piece of furniture that can accommodate any contemporary interior, be it minimalist, modern or industrial.
The Space Age is a time period encompassing the activities related to the Space Race, space exploration, space technology, and the cultural developments influenced by these events. The Space Age is generally considered to have begun with Sputnik (1957). During the 1950s, architecture, furniture, interior design, cars, and gadget design took on a curiously spaceflight-inspired aesthetic.
English Mid-Century Modern model PK988/1023 (upholstered back) wood framed armchairs/lounge chairs from Parker Knoll, set of two. The armchairs were newly reupholstered and are in a very good vintage condition (with all the minor defects visible in the pictures). The model is iconic for British Modern design and is highly inspired from the Danish Modern lines of that period. Each armchair has its original Parker Knoll stamp.
Coffee table made in Norway, late 60s. The counter-top is made of veneered wood; the legs are made of stainless steel with hard plastic clogs. The counter-top edges are cut inwards giving this piece a light non-intrusive look. The legs are not plain, but made of three thin rods. The minimalist shape, the dialogue between wood and stainless steel, the curved edges, the line of the counter-top, all of this make this table a leading exponent of Scandinavian Modern style. The piece is in good vintage condition (see photos).
Rare and beautiful pair of Mid Century armchairs for her and him made in Denmark in the 1960s. His armchair is a little bit bigger and has a backrest with straight angles while hers is smaller and features a suavely curved backrest. The armchairs have new upholstery which follows the texture and color of the original one. The pair is in good vintage condition and will look great in a variety of places around your home. The him armchair has some minor signs of wear on one of the armrests. All the little signs of wear are visible in the photos.