We explore nine focal armchairs that double as a sculptural centrepiece in the bedroom.
As part of est magazine issue #46 ‘Design Renaissance: The New Spirit of Home’, we explored creating sanctuary in our private spaces using our go-to Product Library. Lifted from the pages of est magazine, these nine armchairs have appeared in exceptional bedroom spaces from different corners of the globe to fulfil both a functional and sculptural purpose.
This feature originally appeared in The Detail pages of est Magazine Issue 46: Design Renaissance (pp. 254-267).
The Featherston Scape upholstered armchair is defined by a curved shape framed with tapered metal tubes. Melbourne-based designers Grant and Mary Featherston designed the Scape Armchair in 1960, with high and low armrest variations labelled ‘male’ and ‘female’.
Renowned designer Warren Platner created the Side chair by welding curved steel rods into a rounded structure. This armchair was part of his 1966 Platner collection for Knoll, appreciating the decorative and elegant shapes that began to shape the ‘modern’ home at this time.
Architect and designer Arne Jacobsen created the Fritz Hansen Egg Chair in 1958 for Copenhagen’s Royal Hotel reception areas. The armchair earns its name due to its curved, enveloping structure. Originating from plaster-cast prototypes in his garage, Arne Jacobsen evolved a new technique that used strong foam in the chair’s inner shell.
The Arno Declercq Throne is a simple, yet striking piece handcrafted from solid African walnut called Iroko. The tropical hardwood is hand turned, sanded and finished with varnish, resulting in a refined and organic appearance.
The Eloi armchair is designed by French multidisciplinary designer Pierre Yovanovitch. Made from solid oak and fabric upholstery, this angular chair was created with longevity and sophistication in mind.
Strongly influenced by Japanese craft, Liam Mugavin appreciates wood joinery’s natural, complex nature. Chair C is part of a collection that transforms timber from dismantled inner-city homes, cutting pieces into dynamic, contemporary shapes. As a result, the Chair C has an intriguing gravity that appears more simplistic than its design.
A simple and timeless design, the Objekto Paulistano armchair is made from a single bent steel bar and a cover made from leather designed to patina over time. Paulo Mendes da Rocha‘s 1957 design of this chair has been included in MoMA’s permanent collection.
In 1957, the Fritz Hansen PK22 chair was awarded the Grand Prix at Milan Triennale, the world’s premier design fair. The lounge chair’s low-sitting, sleek structure epitomises both comfort and elegance.
Studio David Thulstrup created the Font Bold Lounge chair in Denmark as part of Møbel Copenhagen’s curvaceous ‘Font’ collection. The armchair’s main design feature is its rounded backrest that extends into an embracing armrest.