Seating and Recliner Reviews: From History to State-of-the-Art
Mulholland Brothers: Three upholstered library chairs make up the new Stinson Series: the Owl, the Morgan (shown), and the Mustang. The stitching pattern is one of the signature details of the chairs. All three models are available in Tumbled Latigo leather, which has a luminous finish and will not fade. They are also offered in a variety of seasonal textiles. Mulholland Brothers, 190 Napoleon Street, San Francisco, CA 94124. www.mulhollandbrothers.com.
Budji: The Leila barstool is crafted from 1/4-in. leather strips woven in a diamond pattern radiating from the center of the seat back. The weave is pulled tightly over the barstool’s rattan frame to accentuate the curled hand rests. Budji, 1034 Biggs Highway, Rising Sun, MD 21911.
PierceMartin: The hand-woven Paige Ottoman is made from fine split rattan and measures 29 in. wide by 24 in. deep by 19 in. high. It complements the Paige Club Chair, a rattan interpretation of the classic barrel chair. PierceMartin, 129 Armour Drive, Atlanta, GA 30324.
Shaver/Melahn Studios: Inspired by the sophisticated “supper club” chairs of the 1930s and 1940s, the Emmy side chair and arm chair have a similarly clean look with generous proportions. The arms and legs are available in the studio’s standard finishes: natural cherry or walnut; chocolate walnut; chocolate ash; or ebony ash. Tailored skirts with COM fabrics are optional. Shaver/Melahn Studios, 114 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011.
Niedermaier: The Chair Pierre, a contemporary take on the classic salon chair, is shown in gray wool felt with black-painted wood. Measuring 20 1/4 in. wide by 31 in. deep by 34 in. high, the chair is also available in maple, oak, walnut, and other woods and in custom fabrics. Niedermaier, 2650 West Fulton Street, Chicago, IL 60612.
Sipure Design: Designed by Henry Becq, the Luchino Chauffeuse is one of the most recent additions to the Modenature Paris collection. It has a beech frame and palissandre oak feet. Luchino is shown upholstered with saddle stitching in white cotton velvet but is available in suede, leather, or other fabrics. Luchino is also produced in a banquette style. Sipure Design, 135 Northeast 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137. www.sipuredesign.com.
Interior Crafts: The 507 modular series–consisting of an armless chair, a one-arm end unit, a tux corner, and an ottoman–offers a range of layout possibilities. Each unit measures 34 in. by 34 in. The exposed maple frames are available in a variety of finishes. Interior Crafts, 2513 West Cullerton, Chicago, IL 60608.
Carolina Business Furniture: Enclave, a collection of mobile lounge/teaming chairs designed by Alex Forsyth, comes in a high-back version and a mid-back version (shown). The two front legs of Enclave are stationary, while the two back legs have casters to provide easy mobility for chair positioning. An open storage compartment is located under the seat. A teardrop-shaped work surface, available in wood or laminate, is optional. Carolina Business Furniture, P.O. Box 4398, Archdale, NY 27263.
Chair brand reviews from historical data
Arcadia: Zagato, designed by James Kelly, throws a curve into the classic desk chair. Available in mid-back and high-back models, with dual wheel casters or on glides, Zagato has a distinctive arm design and precision-stitch detailing. The high-back version is 25 in. wide by 25 1/2 in. deep by 37-40 3/4 in. high; the mid-back version is 24 in. wide by 25 1/2 in. deep by 33-36 3/4 in. high. Arcadia, 5692 Fresca Drive, La Palma, CA 90623.
Haworth: S-CON from the Art collection, a Haworth-Europe company, features a steel frame covered with synthetic mesh fabric for ergonomic comfort. Two back heights are available–low-back (shown) and high-back–and padded shoulder support is optional. The ellipsis arm, capped with leather, is formed from steel tubing. Haworth, One Haworth Center, Holland, MI 49423. www.haworth.com.
Allseating: A new synchro mechanism has been combined with a supportive, resilient mesh fabric covering to create the Fluid chair. The mechanism features fingertip controls for tension and tilt adjustments. The polyester/monofilament blend mesh is available in a variety of colors. Arms are height- and width-adjustable, and the lumbar system has four-way movement. Both have gel-foam padding. Allseating, 175 Brittania Road East, Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 4B8, Canada. www.allseating.com.