Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Club Chairs

When I mention "club chairs" to a client or friend, I'm refering to a fully upholstered, comfortable chair, many times used in pairs. But here is a more detailed description of their origin from Google Answers:

The word "club" in club chair harks back to the gentlemen's clubs in
nineteenth century England where a gentleman could go to get away from
his household (including womenfolk). Once there, he would sink into a
well-upholstered leather chair and relax with a drink and perhaps a
cigar. The names of the fashionable London streets full of such clubs
are still used to name classic club chairs: St. James, Piccadilly and
so on.

I love a pair of club chairs in a living room for the comfort they provide and also because I feel a little more freedom in fabric, pattern and detail choices. It's not as huge a committment as a sofa or a set of dining chairs.
I found this great pair of Baker club chairs + matching ottoman at a consignment shop here and I am contemplating how to recover them. Should I go with a neutral linen with a pretty, bright trim? Or a fun color or pattern? I'm thinking a pretty turquoise or aqua linen would modernize their classic shape...what do you think?

*Photos via House & Home