Sitting pretty? These are the designer chairs to invest in right now

From Linley to Tom Dixon, we've rounded up the most striking designer chairs for your home. Take a seat, take a look, and invest in the best...

If you’ve ever had a good chair — and we mean a really good chair — you’ll know that it can often present a certain problem.

It’s a real Catch 22, as well. Because, have a chair as beautiful as any of the below and, despite their comfort, all you’ll want to do is look at it. So, in a cruel twist of fate, you’ll end up perched on a wooden dining chair, kitchen counter or the corner of your coffee table, just taking in the upholstered majesty of a chair you’d be much comfier sitting in.

But, for any of these five, it’s a discomfort worth bearing…

 

The Menhir Chair by Men Allen

Sitting pretty? These are the designer chairs to invest in right now

Drawing inspiration from ancient megalith stones, Allen’s Menhir chair was designed as a piece of furniture where a man could sit comfortably to read and to observe. This is due to be showcased by Galerie Gosserez at PAD London this October — where you can also see Salvagni’s Gae and Papilia armchairs being showcased. 

A thoughtful choice, then, for the modern gentleman seeking out his own space to return to the simple pleasures in life after a long day. The armchair has been designed in a contemporary style with patinated brass leather to suit the muted palette of a bachelor pad.

Sitting pretty? These are the designer chairs to invest in right now

Menhir Chair by Men Allen

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The Gae Armchair by Achille Salvagni

Sitting pretty? These are the designer chairs to invest in right now

With a limited production of 20 pieces, you’ll have to move fast if you’re looking to score this piece of contemporary furniture design.

Echoing the shape of a bamboo basket, Salvagni called on the minimalistic aesthetic of traditional Japanese interiors when designing the Gae Armchair — which is part of his Kyoto collection. Perfect for light, clean interiors where the bronze, hand-engraved feet of the chair will bring an elegant pop of colour.  

Sitting pretty? These are the designer chairs to invest in right now

Gae Armchair by Achille Salvagni

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The Deco Tub Chair by Linley

Sitting pretty? These are the designer chairs to invest in right now

Inspired by the Art Deco movement and a firm favourite within the Linley catalogue since 2001, this sits on a rotating wooden base and features button detailing and piping.

This chair has been hand crafted in Britain using traditional techniques, upholstered in a vivid velvet. It is available in a range of beautiful colours to suit whatever space you’re looking to enliven.

Sitting pretty? These are the designer chairs to invest in right now

Deco Tub Chair by Linley

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The S Chair by Tom Dixon

Sitting pretty? These are the designer chairs to invest in right now

Your chance to invest in a slice of design history. This chair exists in a multitude of historic versions in the permanent collections of Museums from the MOMA New York to the V&A London and this update version has been re-engineered to take account of the latest developments in manufacturing technology. 

Available in fabric or leather, in a variety of colours — we particularly love the steering-wheel inspired cast iron base.

Sitting pretty? These are the designer chairs to invest in right now

S Chair by Tom Dixon

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The Papilia Armchair by Achille Salvagni

Sitting pretty? These are the designer chairs to invest in right now

Another limited production of 20 from the iconic designer, the Papilia armchair is a bold and beautiful retro-futuristic piece.

Sure to brighten up any interior with its beautiful, plush blue tufted velvet upholstery — this chair is a showstopper. The structure is designed in a cast bronze frame, so should sit perfectly in a contemporary study or lounge space.

Sitting pretty? These are the designer chairs to invest in right now

Papilla Armchair by Achille Salvagni

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