A beautifully crafted armchair can serve as the focal point of a living space, asserting its value through a combination of comfort, durability and good looks. For an armchair that will stand the test of time, steer clear of trends and opt for a classic, pared-back style that will blend into your interior, even as the furniture and homewares around it evolve. These three minimalist armchairs fit the bill quite nicely.
Instrmnt Applied Design: The Lounge Chair
Since its establishment in 2014, Glaswegian design studio Instrmnt Applied Design (I-AD) has made a name for itself as a key player in the arena of minimalist, mid-century-inspired industrial design. The latest addition to I-AD's impressive portfolio is a made-to-order lounge chair, built in collaboration with Glasgow-based furniture maker Lewis Macleod and harnessing the expertise of four other local craftspeople and creatives. Embodying a distinctive mid-century aesthetic, the chair can be made in American Walnut or Scottish Oak with three textile options: grey melton wool, tan calf leather or forest green Italian bouclé.
Hem: Hai Chair and Ottoman
Conceived by Venetian designer Luca Nichetto, Hem's Hai Chair has become a sensation in the furniture world, thanks to its sleek design that takes inspiration from the form of a whale shark — as suggested by the Finnish "hai" name. The elegant, pared-back aesthetic of the armchair references Italian and Nordic design, with a slight mid-century feel. Choose from a range of colours to suit the style of your interior — from vibrant pink to more understated neutrals.
Case Furniture: Eos Sofa Armchair
Designed by Matthew Hilton as part of Case Furniture's outdoor Eos range, the Eos Sofa Armchair is an ideal addition to any outdoor space, from a rooftop terrace to a lush countryside garden. Crafted from weather and rust resistant aluminium, with cushions upholstered in water-resistant fabric, this armchair is built to stand the test of time. Plus, it looks the part, boasting a contemporary, minimalist aesthetic with a focus on clean lines. Pair it with the Eos 2-Seater Sofa for ultimate alfresco lounging.