Choosing the most suitable model of chair to complete the furnishing of an environment, means playing with colours, shapes and materials, creating contrasts or balanced combinations. The chairs, in fact, not only respond to purely functional needs but contribute unequivocally to the final style of an interior. For this reason it is important to take into account the destination of these complements: whether for a classic style of furniture or for a modern style of furniture, there are many models of chairs on the market that contribute to the effectiveness of an interior design project.
A chair for every environment
In the studio or office, the necessary features increase, depending on the fact that you spend a lot of time sitting at work. The seat, in this case, should be an ergonomic chair, for proper support of the back, swivel and on wheels, to allow fast and easy movements and adjustable height, to adapt to different heights of desks and find the correct height of the eyes when in the presence of a screen. Very important will be the material in case of outdoor use or in contract situations, such as restaurant chairs or chairs for waiting rooms. In short, the chair is a complex piece of furniture, which has many variations and peculiarities, considerable to make a good choice. Then you can start to evaluate style, material and color.
How to choose the right chair: kitchen and dining room
Given the variety of products on the market, choosing a chair is not an easy task. The first thing that must be taken into account is certainly the exact purpose of use that will have our chair. A study chair will not be suitable for use in the kitchen, as a chair designed for the living room will not be suitable for a table or a terrace. Depending on the type of use, the chair must meet a number of requirements. It is essential to take into account the shape of the space, the layout and furnishings with which the seat will relate. In the kitchen or dining room, for example, the height of the seat should be such as to allow comfortable dining. Avoid chairs with armrests, which may conflict with the table top or chairs that are too heavy. Particular attention should also be paid to materials that are practical, functional, hygienic and easy to clean. For those who have little space and many friends, the stackable or folding chairs will certainly be great.
Wooden chairs or plastic chairs: tradition or modernity?
The materials with which the backrests, seats and bases of the chairs can be made are many and range from the most traditional to the most modern. First of all, the wood. Entirely or with an upholstered seat or backrest, the wooden chair is a must of all time. The timeless charm of the veining and curvature of the wood of the backrest and legs, remains rooted in the production and design of modern chairs and design, alongside other materials. In the classic style chairs, instead, the wood was and is a firm point. This material has always lent itself to the modelling and creation of unique and articulated details, often linked to an ancient tradition of craftsmanship and carpentry. To compete with wooden chairs are certainly plastic chairs, and innovative plastic materials. Among these we have materials such as technopolymer, polypropylene, polycarbonate, fiberglass, etc. . Perfect for making light and resistant stackable chairs, plastic allows to be shaped to give life to modern shapes and structures, it allows to obtain linear-looking models that play with geometric shapes and weaves, as is the case for polycarbonate seats and polypropylene - transparent or colored - possibly reinforced with fiberglass. In addition to the icons mentioned above, many of the chairs that have been a staple in the history of this object have been made using innovative plastic injection moulding techniques.
Upholstered chairs: which fabrics to choose?
In both classic and modern styles, metal, wooden or plastic chairs are often integrated with upholstered parts, with the aim of making the seating experience soft and comfortable. From the chairs with integrated cushion, to the backrest or armrest only, you can also reach the lined and fully upholstered chair. A sort of small armchair but with the dimensions and proportions of a chair. The most commonly used coverings are made of synthetic fibres. From polyester, microfiber and acrylic chairs, to those with more traditional fabrics such as wool, velvet and linen chairs, we can reach leather or eco-leather chairs, valid alternatives from the point of view of cleanliness and practicality.
Design chairs, timeless icons
An essential element in a home, the most famous designers have always made this simple furniture an object of artistic value, able to enhance the aesthetics of the spaces. Timeless design chairs, icons and endless sources of reproduction are still found in modern furniture today. A true classic is the chair N°14 by Michael Thonet of 1859, the embodiment of a rational and coherent aesthetic language, through a lightness and incredible resistance, unprecedented until that moment. From wood to plastic, the 1960 Panton Chair, designed by Verner Panton, with its typical 'S' shape, is considered one of the masterpieces of Danish design. It was the first chair to be made from a single sheet of plastic. The Panton Chair is an icon of the twentieth century and is also kept among the collections of many museums. More recent but no less important, the Luis Ghost chair by Philippe Starck, made in 2002 for Kartell, represents the bravest example of polycarbonate injection in a single mould. Resistant, stable, shock and weatherproof, but with an evanescent and crystalline image, has given rise to a small revolution in the world of furniture.
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