Modern & vintage skirted on slipper chairs for any room. Part 3 – Covered Bases.
One type of slipper chair has feet rather than legs. That’s made possible when the seat deck is elongated until it essentially sits on feet. Or, legs may be covered by a fabric skirt and embellishments such as fringe to the same effect. Naturally boxy in style, this third genre in my slipper chairs marathon looks comfortable and substantial. But again, lacking arms, the height, depth and tilt of the seat are the critical factors that affect whether it is easy to sit down and get up – or not.
Woven rattan [top] makes a unique looking one-piece slipper with a discreet wooden base and angled block legs. I could envision using this natural fiber chair in a sun room, screened in porch, or any room in the tropics. Because the seat base is low, an extra-thick, 5-inch deep cushion is needed. That can slide unless it’s anchored to the base somehow. And with so much of the rattan showing, the chair might also benefit from adding a contrasting lumbar or back pillow as well. Wisteria. N/A, Dimensions for reference: 25″w x 35.5″d x 34.25″h. Seat height: 12” h. – 17” h. with cushion.
Large rooms require furniture of the same scale. Ralph Lauren’s One Fifth slipper chair, with loose cushions, definitely suits the need for oversize pieces and a pair of these would look impressive in a loft, great room or converted industrial living space. Fully customizable from the fabric to the finish on the feet, the chair is half the width of an apartment sofa. The thick seat cushion boosts the height of the deck and doubling up on the back pillows is both decorative and functional. Black fabric pushes it towards modern and leather might be suitable for a Hollywood screening room but this chair could even take a wild tropical fabric and still look cool. Ralph Lauren Home. $3646 and up. Dimensions for reference: 33″ w. x 43″ d. x 32″ h. Seat height: 17.5”. Sitting depth: 25.5”
With a tight upholstered seat and back plus Lucite block-feet, the Eva slipper chair exudes a Disco era vibe, especially given metallic effects in the fabric. Looking beyond that, the chair has classic proportions and is not overly heavy for this style. It could easily slip into neutral or assume any personality with a change of fabric. Allan Knight. Price N/A. Dimensions for reference: 27” w. x 32” d. x 31” h. Seat height: 17”
A Gilded Age fashion for elaborate upholstery was reinterpreted for a pair of skirted slipper chairs which might otherwise have looked quite generic in natural linen. But the pretty Greek-fret motif rendered in white grosgrain ribbon on the back and seats, along with a band around the skirt, sets them apart. The upholstery is interesting in that the back and seat are tight upholstered but the skirt starts high and has no pleats – the chairs almost appear to float on fabric. Pinterest evidently provided enough love to sell them at anything but a bargain price. One King’s Lane. $3499 the pair. Dimensions for reference: N/A. Seat height: 17.5”
Some things defy time. Perfectly in vogue back in 1905 – and still available today – this chair could well have belonged to “girl in the red velvet swing,” chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit whose millionaire husband shot her prominent architect lover on the roof of a New York City building. The gracefully serpentine shield-shape back of this Evelyn armless slipper chair boasts a delicately corded panel in front. Then there’s a fabric skirt overlaid by gold bouillon fringe with tassel fringe to complete the look. Olindes. Price N/A. Dimensions for reference: 32.5” w. x 37” d. x 37” h. Seat height: 20.25”
Small, sweet and low, this vintage linen-covered slipper chair has button detail and a gathered skirt. But it’s still so Joan Crawford — how many times have we seen chairs like this in old movies, done up in chintz? I would have loved to see this go flamboyant or modern but, instead, it’s wrapped in mousey-colored linen. Too neutral for moi. Found for the Home. $1465. Dimensions for reference: 25” w. x 31” d. x 28” h. Seat height: 15”
The most modern interpretation of any slipper chair may be the Jeffry II, designed by Sally Sirkin Lewis. The mushroom-color fabric looks almost shrink-wrapped over the body but I love how curves gently and the way the feet are eaten up by tidy little pleats on the corners. Known for their custom designs, this contribution hails from the well-respected furniture house of J. Robert Scott. Prince N/A. Dimensions for reference: 32” w. x 34” d x 32” h. Seat height: N/A
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