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Ten of the best contemporary armchairs

Our favourite seats in the house are often not the spacious sofas but those stand alone armchairs.

Why?

Because we love the promise of personal space that comes from their made-for-one premise. Added to that is the fact that they are often much more daring in design. With that in mind, we’ve picked a few of our favourite contemporary armchairs.

Maya armchair from Darlings of Chelsea

Maya armchair from Darlings of Chelsea

The Maya chair from Darlings of Chelsea is perfect for those who like to lean. The slight asymmetric shape and the addition of a table top makes it a great seat for relaxing with a good book and a nice cup of tea. Oh, and it’s available in a range of fabrics too. Priced at £710.

Available from Darlings of Chelsea

Signature armchair from Versace

Signature armchair from Versace

If you were looking for the ultimate in luxury armchair then this is just the thing you’re after. Decked out in fine white leather and stunning detail, the Signature armchair speaks luxe in volumes. The price is hefty but it has craftsmanship to back. Priced at £8,466.

Available from LuxDeco

Kasha armchair from Habitat

Kasha armchair from Habitat

Think this Kasha armchair is a bit of a Plain Jane? Well, we admit the colour is grey but it’s all in the details with this one. The wider build gives the chair more room than usual while the arrangement of the cushions promises comfort. But the real point of difference is that part of the chair is in ribbed fabric while the other in plain, offering a subtle textural contrast. Priced at £750.

Available from Habitat

The Poltronas Showtime armchair from B.D. Barcelona

The Poltronas Showtime armchair from BD Barcelona

The joy of a good armchair is the personal space but this one gives a little more in the privacy department with an extravagant white hood. With sumptuous white leather upholstry, it’s the perfect little place to hide a while. Priced at £6,310.

Available from LuxDeco

Fin armchair from Philip Colbert

Fin armchair from Philip Colbert

This Fin armchair in postbox red is relatively subtle in its quirkiness, considering that one of the inspirations behind it was pop-art. It’s this subtlety that makes the whole design rather grown up. Set it up with a round-edged triangle table and a canopy lamp and you’ll have the perfect minimalist living room. Priced at £399

Available from Made.com

Labyrinth armchair from Moooi

Labyrinth armchair from Moooi

This Labyrinth armchair from Moooi is simple in its shape but the pseudo-psychedelic design really brings it to life. Actually, that geometric design is pretty simple too but it’s just effortlessly cool. Priced at £2,247.

Available from Occa Home

V.I.P. armchair from Moooi

VIP armchair from Moooi

Oh you caught us, two Moooi designs in a row but the legs on this beast just speaks for itself. It’s one part rocket launcher, one part throne and 100% out of this world. Priced at £1,373.

Available from Occa home

Beijing armchair from Fertini

Beijing armchair from Fertini

We can definitely envisage the promise of the orient in the latticework of this Beijing armchair from Fertini. The shape of the armchair is interesting too in its low, cube frame. This is actually one armchair that we can imagine being arranged in pairs, separated by an equally low pedestal for drinks. Priced at £1,515.

Available from LuxDeco

Benito armchair from Darlings of Chelsea

Benito armchair from Darlings of Chelsea

Ok, we know arm chairs are meant to have arms but this one is almost there with its split back. It’s not just good for seating though as it also contains storage space below the seat, just in case you needed to tuck something away. Priced at £699.

Available from Darlings of Chelsea

Naoko armchair from Habitat

Naoko armchair from Habitat

Here’s another arm chair without arms… Well, it has one arm making it a sort of shortened chaise longue. But as a stack of cushions, with legs, it promises to be a most comfortable seat. And if it’s not comfortable enough, you could always throw a couple more cushions on. Priced at £495.

Available from Habitat

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