After decades as the “what were they thinking?” color, purple chairs are rediscovered by a new generation.
Making a bold statement with a color as strong as purple is not for everyone. But it can be. Upholstered purple chairs seem like the perfect vehicles for using this hue, whether it’s in grayed down tones of violet or full on eggplant. And the surprise is that it works so well – plain or print – for chair styles that range from ebony- frame fauteuils upholstered with a thoroughly contemporary ikat [top] to the most old-fashioned velvet.
The same Madeline Weinrib fabric looks much less focused, but equally charming, on traditional upholstered armchairs.
I have a soft spot for tufted plum velvet, especially in this ultra-classic klismos silhouette.
Who would think a pair of mid-20th Century walnut-frame armchairs would work this well with seat and back cushions covered in such a straight purple? They are usually so burnt orange.
Then there are the iconic Arne Jacobsen 1958 swans, which look fabulous in wool and especially punchy in Warhol purple officially called Divina Melange.
Contemporary toile should be purple on white. Or neon. Or something to signal it’s so not French, even on a French side chair. (Look closely at the image on the back. I see a gun and what appears to be a coonskin cap. So I fear this may be Daniel Boone toile).
(Sources: Diane Bergeron, Antonia Hutt, Pinterest, Michael Penney Style, Fritz Hansen, Eclectic Revisited)
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