Art Deco has become synonymous with Old Hollywood glitz and glamour, and over the years we’ve made no secret of the fact that we simply admire this era of style and design. Embracing Art Deco at home doesn’t mean having to take it to epic Great Gatsby proportions though, with endless crystal chandeliers and gilded everything everywhere – after all, you’re not looking to live on a Baz Luhrmann film set.
A relatively low-risk way to add a touch of the roaring twenties to your home lies in the addition of an Art Deco chair to your living or dining area. An Art Deco leather chair in the living room is a great place to start; the armchair is usually not the main focal point of the room and is instead off to the side, where you have more freedom to experiment with different forms and make a style statement. Over in the dining room – assuming you have a relatively simple, pared-back table – you can afford to add some flair with a set of Art Deco wooden chairs, maybe even upholstered in plush velvet, and they will go a long way in glamming up your room.
Choosing an Art Deco chair for your home
The hallmarks of Art Deco-inspired interiors are often boiled down to four main elements: gold or metallic accents; ornate silhouettes; rich, heavy fabrics; and geometric designs and shapes. Keep these points in mind, and you’ll be sorted when you’re shopping for your new style statement. Should you be in need of more inspiration and guidance, here are some of our favourites from our chair collection – every one of them incorporates one of those Art Deco style defining elements in form and material.
Soft Spot: Mimi Faded & Degraded Dining Chair
The classic flare of our Mimi Dining Chair’s back is already reminiscent of the Art Deco look, but the feeling is doubled down with the use of velvet upholstery. Heavy, plush textiles like velvet are great for injecting a bit of Jazz Age opulence to your home, and it’s soft and comfortable to boot. If you’re feeling bold, go for the sharp, vivid pinks of the Peeling Ceiling velvet print; if you prefer to keep tones subdued, opt for the Persia in Decline or Peat Smudge designs. Either way, your chairs will always be dressed to impress in velvet.
What A Stud: Bastille Chair
The Bastille Chair’s use of metallic elements like the brass feet and stud detailing is definitively Art Deco. Look closer and you’ll begin to see a touch of steampunk influence mixed in, too – the wraparound stud feature looks like protective armour, and the use of brass plates melded together, rather than having a smooth, seamless brass frame at the feet, gives a contemporary industrial feel. The metal is contrasted nicely with inviting leather that’s been sanded down by hand to yield to a soft, luxurious suede-like effect.
Anything But Sheepish: Cave Chair
Unleash your inner free-spirit wild child style with the Cave Chair. The super soft texture of the long-haired New Zealand sheepskin will have you feeling like you’re on cloud nine, and you’ll never want to re-emerge into real life. This unique cocktail chair is supported by a shiny brass wire frame – a classic take on the Art Deco metal chair frame. Add this little number to your living room or reading nook for a big style upgrade.
Right On The Money: Wall Street Chair
While its contours suggest a mid-century modern design, the Wall Street’s thick, angular metal frame is a definite nod to Art Deco style, and the introduction of the ergonomic sloping arms means comfort is top of mind. Choose the brushed steel frame for a slick, industrial look, or go for the brushed brass if you’re looking for warmer tones. Have the chair upholstered in rich velvets or supple, hand-softened leather to ramp up the glam scale, or if you prefer a lighter touch, a range of linen finishes is also available.
Trusted Counsellor: Mentor Chair
The classic wingback armchair always exudes elegance, and we’ve named this particular one Mentor due to their prevalence in old English universities. Here, we’ve taken the timeless wingback to give the leather on the interior back and seat the woven treatment, creating a contemporary and tactile surface. Available in Destroyed Raw or Destroyed Black leather, both will age nicely to give a well-loved lived-in look, whilst also juxtaposing beautifully with the chair’s weathered oak legs.
Toe The Line: Manor Chair
One look at the Manor Chair and it’ll have you immersed in Art Deco nostalgia with its distinctive vertical channel tufting on the back, and stud detailing along the contours. Inspired by the classic wing chair, its high back and deep padded cushion are perfect for curling up and getting stuck into a good book over a glass of wine.
Discover the complete Timothy Oulton Art Deco Chair collection here.