Design Trends: 2016 to mark the resurgence of ‘statement chairs’

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    One of the big interior design trends we can expect in the coming 12 months is the resurgence of ‘statement chairs’.As a child moving around and growing up in Asia and Africa, I remember there was one piece of furniture that always made the numerous cross-continent journeys with my family — a beautiful wicker peacock chair from India.

    It always took pride of place in the corner of our living rooms, and an image from my early youth of my mother on the telephone with the intricate detail of the weave-work behind her is etched in my memory. It was the ultimate in ‘statement chairs’.

    Coming back into the present – in terms of completing the finishing touches to a room or space for 2016 – bold statement chairs will once again pack a considerable punch. It’s a design choice you definitely have a lot of room to play with, given the sheer range of different styles. Equally, expect the next 12 to 18 months to see a lot of tropical motifs, ‘ethnic’ prints and ‘metallic’ upholstery and soft furnishings to accompany statement chairs.

    While aesthetics and how a chair fits in with the overall theme of a hotel’s rooms or public spaces are important, as always the practicality and comfort factor are just as vital. There is little point in filling a space with chairs that look great from a distance but are uncomfortable to sit in.

    With that in mind, below are some of our favourite big, bold and beautiful chair designs from some of the companies featured in our Directory…

    From L-R: The Ginerva by Contract Chair Company // The Grange by Curtis // The Sarina Grey by Gallery Direct

    From L-R: The Naples Armchair by Distinction Contract // Henley Highback by Jameson // The Manhattan M30L by Morgan

    From L-R: The Gladstone by Taylor’s Classics // The Proust Armchair by RHA Furniture // The Slipper Chair by Vaughan

    Daniel Fountain / 28.10.2015

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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