Archive for the ‘Seating’ Category

Top 10 chairs for contemporary living

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Having the right chairs for your home can make all the difference to your lifestyle. Here are a few of our favourites – from functional chairs for dining or office work, to the perfect armchair for chilling out in, there’s something to suit every room in the house.

1. The dining chair: Ensemble from Chair Boutique

A clean, classic design with a matt chrome finish,  this versatile chair is ideal for dining or additional seating in a kitchen. Each one is bespoke, and you can choose from a wide range of fabric options for the upholstery of the seat and back, including easy-care vinyls, faux suede and leather. Available from Chair Boutique, prices start at £377.52.

2. The high chair: Scoop high chair from Brother Max

This clever, awarding-winning chair will actually grow with your child. Suitable from six months, it transforms into a stool for children up to five. Safe, sturdy, easy to clean and stylish, it will fit effortlessly into a contemporary interior. Available in a range of colours, and priced at £339.98 from Kiddicare.

3. The child’s chair: Mini throne from Made With Love Designs

We can’t resist these children’s chairs, handmade in a range of colours from Made With Love Designs. We love the combination of a traditional, Queen Anne style design, and bright, contemporary fabrics that are sure to appeal. Prices start at £120.

4. The child’s fun chair: Rocking chair from Bundles of Joy

Keep children occupied with this fun rocking chair. Available in pink or blue, and personalised with your child’s name to avoid any inter-sibling arguments, it’s sturdy and would make an imaginative christening or birthday present. Available from Bundles of Joy, priced £48.

5. The arm chair: Jonah armchair by James Harrison

This armchair by award-winning designer James Harrison mixes retro design with a fresh, funky fennel green colour. Great for adding colour accents to a room, and comfortable enough for a night in front of the TV. £399, available from

6. The office chair: Black Croft executive chair by Alphason

With its soft, cushioned mesh back, striking colour scheme, fully adjustable seat height and soft seat, we feel this office chair from Alphason ticks all the right boxes, and it’s now 28% off in the sale at Debenhams. Was £175, now £126.

7. The garden chair: Colours chair by Point

This metal garden chair from Spanish company Point will add a vibrant splash of colour to the urban garden. Hardwearing and easy to stack and store, it’s also available in white and green. £160, available from Go Modern.

8. The stackable chair: Industrial Revival Stacking Chair by Alexander and Pearl

Short on space? This must be one of the most versatile chairs we’ve seen – great as a dining chair, an occasional chair, a kitchen chair or even for the odd occasion outdoors. If you buy several, once you’ve finished with them, they stack neatly out of the way ready for next time. £60 each, available in a range of colours from Alexander and Pearl.

9. The kitchen stool: Sula by Oscar and Eve

We’re never seen anything quite like these kitchen stools. Made from reclaimed timber, they’re are ecologically sound as well as stylish.  Their adjustable seats are supported by an iron frame, and they’d fit into any décor, traditional or modern. The Sula stool is available from Oscar and Eve, priced at £99.95.

10. The conservatory chair: Cadiz armchair from Kit Stone

Made from all-weather wicker, this armchair will be at home in your conservatory as it will outside. We like the clean lines and traditional design combined with a contemporary colour. Available from Kit Stone, £270.

By Sara Walker


Sitting baloon: Balloon design beanbag style seat

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Comfy contemporary style beanbag lounge chair

Normally, sitting on a balloon would cause it to pop, but not in this case!

The Sitting Baloon seat was designed by Florence Jaffrain, from French design agency YOUNOW. In true beanbag style, this is a seat that lets you sit how you want – sprawl on it, slouch on it, lie on it or sit on it – use it to relax and let it hug and support your body.

It’s filled with polystrene balls and will bounce back into its original balloon shape when you manage to prise yourself off it.

This comfy seat is available in 15 lively, contemporary colours and is available from Bouf.

Blu Dot Real Good Chair: Contemporary flat pack furniture

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

How to make a flat pack chair

Flat pack furniture – do you love it, or loathe it?

Even if you’re in the latter category, this contemporary chair from Blu Dot is worth a second glance. It doesn’t look like the ‘usual’ style of flat pack furniture….in fact, you wouldn’t be alone in being surprised that it even is flat pack.

The Real Good Chair is made from powder coated steel (the seat), accompanied with painted carbon steel legs. It arrives flat packed and is simply put together by folding along the laser cut lines and attaching the legs. Full instructions and tools are provided and once it’s made it up, you can sit back, relax and enjoy your new seat.

A great design chair for a modern home, this useful piece of furniture is available in aqua blue, white or back for £139, or a rather different looking copper for £299, from Heal’s.

Contemporary furniture: Pantone honeysuckle pink folding chair

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Pantone designer contemporary home furniture

Is it time to update your home seating?

Part of the popular range of Pantone colour inspired furniture and homeware, this stylish chair made by Seletti is in the summery shade of honeysuckle pink (otherwise known as colour shade 18-2120).

Ideal for use as a dining chair, office chair or for occasional seating, the metal chair folds up neatly when not in use, making it good for storage purposes.

Usually priced at £59, you could pick up a bit of a bargain if you head over to Amara, as the Pantone honeysuckle chair is now only £23.60.

If that’s not enough, you could also fill your home with the scent of honeysuckle and vanilla, as the matching Pantone candle is also in the sale….mmm, perfect!

Orla Kiely stem design stacking dining chair

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Fresh design dining room furniture ideas

If there was ever a print design that translated effortlessly onto a variety of home and decor products (as well as other accessories), it’s Orla Kiely’s iconic stem print design.

These stacking chairs are the brilliant accompaniment for a modern dining table and are available in a choice of three colours – poppy, pebble grey and olive.

The chairs are made from birch and poplar plywood, together with a chrome frame, and the colours can be mixed and matched for a relaxed dining experience.

Nest have the stem print chairs in stock for £150.

Fresh design furniture: Magis Spun spinning chair

Monday, March 18th, 2013

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On a dull, somewhat uninspiring Monday morning, we need furniture that will liven things up….and you can’t get much better than a spinning chair.

The aptly named Spun chair is designed by Thomas Heatherwick for Magis and is a great example of a fun and funky contemporary furniture design.  Ever wanted to spin around your office on a giant spinning top? This chair will allow you to do just that!

Swivel in a circular rocking movement, spin full circle or simply sit back and relax – the choice is yours.

Available in several suitably lively colours – including red, green and yellow – the spun chair is available from various retailers, including The Conran Shop, who have it in stock from £342.

Are you brave enough to try the Spun chair? See it in action:

Fab Friday Bargain: Save money on designer Flux chairs

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Flux chair contemporary seatingWe’ve featured the brilliantly designed contemporary Flux chairs before and, if you’ve been hankering after one, then here’s a fab Friday bargain for you.

Designed by Tom Schouten and Douwe Jacobs, the Flux chair is made from a single piece of tough polypropelene.

One of the key benefits of this design, and something that sets it apart from other chairs, is that, when not in use, you can fold the chair down into an envelope shape, so that you can easily and effortlessly store your chair.

Flux chairs are available in a range of colours from the classic black and white, to vibrant red and orange, or soft blue and grey.

Urban Outfitters have the Flux chairs available in eight colour choices and they’ve all been reduced online from £125 to £80 each – giving you a saving of £55.



Fab Friday Bargain: Morandi contemporary chair

Friday, February 8th, 2013
Best contemporary dining chairs

Cutwork dining chair

Today’s Fab Friday bargain buy is a contemporary chair with flair.

The Morandi chair makes its design statement on the seat back, with a distinctive and intricate cut work design.

The resilient chair is made from plastic, should be resistant to scratches and, if you have more than one, they can be stacked together when not in use.

Great for adding some style to your dining table, the chair could also be used outside in the garden.

There’s currently a great saving of £70 off the price of the red Morandi chair, making it £79 (was £149) at Dwell.

If red isn’t the colour for you, it’s also available in clear, but for the higher price of £129.

Marimekko design Fat Boy giant bean bag

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

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Here’s a bean bag with style – not just in comfort and design, but in the fabric choice too.

This giant Fat Boy bean bag  seat has been livened up by the addition of an iconic floral print from Scandinavian design icon, Marimekko.

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The size of these bean bags means that you can sit on them like a chair, lounge on them, lie on them and curl up on them as you wish.

Available in a lively red or classic black and white colourway, the bean bag seats are available from John Lewis.

Habitat Knot crochet knitted pouf

Monday, October 8th, 2012

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With the colder weather arriving, we’re loving all things knitted – and what better way of getting the joy of knitted items into your home than in the form of a knitted pouf.

These Knot pouf seats, which are great for use as occasional seating or footrests, are available in either round or square designs.

The crochet knit gives a great textured feel to them and the round pouf, especially in natural, looks reminiscent of a big ball of woven string!

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The square knot pouf is available in charcoal or blue, and the round in yellow or natural, all from Habitat.

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