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.
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.
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.
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.
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