Portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Chinese Ming-style chairs inspired mid-century furniture designer Hans Wegner in his design of the iconic Wishbone chair. This is why faithfully crafted or inexpensively knocked off, this style works to give a room a combination of Scandinavian minimalism and exotic flair. The bentwood form is sculptural, and the rush-seat offers an interesting textural contrast.
A Wishbone could be a dining chair or an occasional chair, and although I’m showing you wood tones here, colorful versions abound. A set of Wishbone-style bar stools in a white painted finish is at the top of my wishlist this Christmas!
These are such versatile chairs, thanks to the intricate detail of bone inlay all over their wood or resin bases. It makes them look eye-catching from every angle. The first one of these examples is based on an English Regencychair, while the second and third are interpretations of Classical Greekklismos chairs. It is easy to picture them bringing some exoticism to a Traditional space, but I think the lightness of their forms and graphic impact of their patterns make them work beautifully in a more Modern interior as well.
I can see a few of these beauties around a simple dining table…or a pair of them opposite a sofa…or a single one in front of a leaning mirror and a plant. It could be so pretty at a dressing table. And doing this post, I’ve realized that the middle one wants to come and live in my bedroom as a desk chair!
Lord knows my love affair with mid-century style is an enduring one. But even if you’re not especially a fan, what’s not to like about a beautiful walnut wood finish teamed with black upholstery? In a soft leather or a woven blend, one or a pair of these chairs always works in an eclectic interior, and can add a dash of warmth and vintage flair to a starkly contemporary room. Picture yourself swilling a martini, as you lean back in the best one you can afford. HIGH // Model 45 Chair // Design Within Reach // $10,000
The graceful lines and eye-catching texture of these pieces make them perfect on their own, but I’d definitely want to try a lumbar pillow with each, to lend it more comfort and warmth. I would use one chair to fill out a corner of a Bedroom or Office, or a pair to balance a tailored but comfy sofa in a Living Room seating arrangement.