I always love a chair that makes a statement. There were so many chairs to be seen at High Point, but just a few that stood out in my mind as exceptional. Given where I grew up, I have always been a fan of classic and timeless – with a little twist of course, but with time I find that it’s not so much about my own style, but it’s all about good taste.  Lately I have been finding myself gravitating to all styles, be it modern, traditional, or somewhere in between, as long as everything is tasteful and working together in harmony. The key is to keep an open mind and having the ability to appreciate beauty in all forms – not just those that you are familiar with.
Having a great statement chair to work makes a designer’s job that much easier, as all you have to do is design around it and makes sure that everything in the room ties back to the chair.  I guess that comes from my years  as a fashion designer, where I would find one great piece of artwork from one of my favorite studios (the London ones were always my favorite since they were the most colorful and innovative) and I would design each collection of 6-8 pieces around that one print or piece of embellishment.  The same goes for the chairs I have chosen below, all of which work well alone, or to anchor and tie an entire room together.
C. R. Laine

Above is C.R. Laine’s take on black and white, which takes its cue from Mondrian (which is why the chartreuse ottoman is thrown into the mix) Because Mondrian would NEVER do black and white without a little pop of color. Such a fun way to play on the classic black and white.

Kim Salmela Atelier

This adorable low back chair with dainty little legs from Kim Salmela Atelier is quite the stunner – the kind of piece that you could throw into any type of room to brighten it up and add some cheer.  And in fuchsia, orange, and chocolate – one of my favorite color combinations!

C. R. Laine
C.R. Laine’s modern take on the classic spool chair using a playful chartreuse chevron print.  Did I mention that this chair can be made in any Benjamin Moore color?  The possibilities are endless. Throw it into a traditional room with dark wood and a wool herringbone, in aqua wood and a coral print for a house by the sea, or as seen above in a casual family room.
Stanley Furniture
This beautiful cut velvet chair is from Woodson and Rummerfield’s room designed for Stanley Furniture.   The shimmer of the deep teal changed shades from every angle and had a modern feel to it with a nod to the past.
Bungalow 5

This particular chair from Bungalow 5 was a play on materials – contemporary chrome mixed with a weather beaten leather in the most delicate shade of dove grey. A contrasting but successful execution of materials.


Nothing exudes luxury more than Hermès Orange.  Top it of in rich leather, nailhead trim, and a stunning silhouette and you’ve got yourself a winner.

Four Hands

Another cut velvet piece – this one from Four Hands.  Simple styling yet such a knockout with the rich grey cut velvet and the nailhead trim.

C. R. Laine

I almost missed this room if it hadn’t been for Stephanie from C.R. Laine, who asked me if I had seen all the thistle colored pieces.  (Thank you, Stephanie!!!) I’m glad she sent me there, because this thistle leather is just divine.  With the nailhead trim, it is feminine enough to be prettied up with florals, or masculine enough to stand out in a bachelor pad with rich, dark chocolate brown.  I love it when I find these great chameleonic (is that even a word?!?) pieces.

Worlds Away

Worlds Away hit the trends on the nail this market.  Deep tufting, rich velvet, navy blue, brass trim.  It’s all there and looking as beautiful as ever!  One is nice, but two is even better…


And this chair from Bernhardt Interiors was my favorite chair of all.  I think I must have come back to view it at least three times.   The repeating ogee pattern is a play on the Morocco theme that ran throughout the Bernhardt showroom.  The color and the pattern creates visual tension, which keeps it exciting,  and the cut velvet lets off a beautiful sheen which gives off a subtle hint of luxury.

I hope you enjoyed my chair picks for this market.  I told you my favorite, which one is yours?

Please note that all the above pieces are sold to the trade only.  Should you have any questions about price or availability, you may contact me or your interior designer for assistance.

On a side note, I want to wish my Mr. Wonderful a happy anniversary.  Nine years of wedded bliss!  I look at our wedding pictures once a year – on our anniversary, and today is the day so I thought I’d share a few pics with you! And yes, my husband is a baseball junkie and I STILL love orchids and succulents, can’t you tell?