On The Edge Of Your Seat: Accent Chairs | Articulate

On The Edge Of Your Seat: Accent Chairs

Wait, so what exactly is an accent chair? 

An accent chair is a single-seat piece of furniture designed for focusing the eye towards a room’s specific focal point, while also making a visual impact against the rest of a home’s decor. It can instantly transform a space in need of a little oomph — from your living room and bedroom, to that weird empty space under the stairs. However, searching for a “side” chair design that simultaneously checks all the style, comfort, and functionality boxes can feel like you’re playing an endless game of musical chairs. Since chairing is caring, leave the dancing to us and peruse our special selections.

A white swivel chair on a gray rug in a modern living room.

Get a change in perspective. The Spin Swivel Chair is the perfect partner for dramatic turns.

Taking Your Accent Chair For A Little Spin

If you’re like us, you have a strong appreciation for furniture that is aesthetically pleasing yet pragmatic in subtle ways. Boasting a sturdy, corner blocked solid wood frame, the Turoy Swivel Chair is designed with a cleverly concealed steel swivel base, providing uninterrupted 360-degree rotation. You’ll find yourself pivoting effortlessly; from lending an ear to your very talkative friend, to grabbing your glass of orange wine, to quickly enjoying your condo’s city views, and returning right back to the convo all in a matter of seconds. Chances are, your chatty guest won’t even notice. 

Anchored by a stainless steel swivel base, the fittingly named Spin Swivel Chair epitomizes the traditional glitz and charms of Art Deco design. Here, the sumptuous tweed upholstery and shiny metallic finishes pair swimmingly to make a glamorous statement, while the high-density foam seat answers the call for maximum derrière comfort.

A blue armchair next to a wood side table.

It’s a game of thrones. The Mod Armchair lets you sit like true royalty in its curvy shape.

Comfy… But Chic… But Comfy

This ain’t your Grandpa’s armchair. At once elegant and cozy, the style of the Mod Armchair lends a more formal yet inviting appeal to modern seating landscapes. With its cocoon-like rounded form, tufted high back, and deep seat, this armchair envelops you like a good brawny hug at the end of a long day. But be careful, someone will permanently keep your seat warm should you decide to get up. Move your feet, lose your seat!

A brown leather chair on a gray rug.

The Lento Lounge Chair knows how cool it looks, mainly thanks to its snazzy leather upholstery.

The Enduring Appeal Of Leather

If you’re like us, you understand that the perennial appeal of leather knows absolutely no bounds. An emblem of contemporary design, this exquisite and timeless material never fails to deliver on edge and irreverence. Plus, with good care, leather looks even better as it ages.

There are so many things to love about the Lento Leather Lounge Chair. From the solid walnut molded backrest and curved frame, to the buttery yet durable buffalo hide upholstery, it’s safe to say that this number has major main character energy. But fret not! It plays well with others. 

Brown leather chair on a white rug.

The Nord Chair could almost double as an art piece as it sits stylishly in your living space.

Simple, yet dashingly sophisticated, the Nord Chair is the pinnacle of adulting, and owning one tells the world (or at least your visiting mother) that you meal-prep on Sundays and fold your laundry right out of the dryer. Raised atop curved wooden legs, this armchair has all the makings of mid-century design thanks to its full-aniline leather-covered body and subtle tufted detailing. You’ll love that it’s pretty easy to clean too; simply wipe with a soft cloth et voilà! We do however advise professional cleaning for heavy soiling. It’s okay… even grown-ups have accidents. 

Available in three upholstery color options, the Otio Lounge Chair knows how to work a room — and those angles — without overpowering it. The slanted walnut frame and slatted back are offset by the foam-padded leather cushions, allowing for hours of lounging and socializing when friends come over. Amp up the high-style factor by adding equally alluring lighting like the Pendula Floor Lamp.

A brown leather ottoman next to a gray sofa on a white rug.

Not held down by labels, the Cilo Ottoman can be your stool, footrest, or cocktail holder. What a charmer.

Thinking Outside The Box

Too many bulky pieces can make a small space feel cumbersome and overwhelming. Who wants that? If you’re looking to elevate your living room but wish to keep a spacious and airy feel, consider bringing in other types of sitting options like the more compact yet cool Zola Dining Chair. This versatile variation has all the makings of classic mid-century design with a twist thanks to its angular frame and leather-covered seat cushion.

Sometimes, the best things do come in small packages. Enter the Cilo Ottoman. Featuring its smooth Italian-tanned leather upholstery (available in warm Charme Tan and deep Oxford Blue), this mini accent pouf holds its own stylistically, while working to ensure your seating and kicking-back needs are always met. When not in use, tuck it neatly under your hallway’s console table to save space and hide those unattractive power outlets.

When designing your humble abode, remember that your personal sense of style should never take the back seat. That perfect accent chair — you know, the one every guest will be fighting over — should be as undeniably cool, stylish, and, ahem, bad ass as you are.

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