Sitting back with a good book and a hot cuppa is made all the more enjoyable with a beautiful mid-century armchair to sink into.
Mid-century armchairs are part of a furniture movement that started around the mid-twentieth century. It was all about clean lines, classic features, functional design and premium materials. Basically, it meant out with the ornate and in with practical chairs, and mid-century replicas have become uber-popular statement chairs for modern homes too.
From luxurious, one-of-a-kind pieces, to affordable everyday styles, these chairs boast a classic, timeless design that appeals to all budgets and tastes. And needless to say, we’re head over heels for them.
Tips For Buying a Mid-Century Armchair
Buying quality furniture is never easy, we know. Here are some pointers to help you nail your mid-century purchase and get your home styled perfectly.
- Prioritise quality materials – If you’re spending big bucks on a beautiful armchair, put durability at the top of your list. A solid wooden or metal frame will stand the test of time, making the initial investment worthwhile.
- Consider removable covers – No matter how hard we try to keep the crumbs and spills at bay, life has a habit of getting a little messy. Keep practicality in mind when shopping for an accent armchair and look for removable covers that you can easily wash. Alternatively, look for durable fabrics that can be spot cleaned.
- Comfort is key -Sure, your shiny statement chair may look the part, but is it nice and comfy? Ensure the chair you pick offers good back support and suits the way you like to sit, in lounge areas and study nooks. It may sound simple, but this will allow your whole body to unwind each time you take a much-needed break.
- Does your space need a set? – Are you looking for a stand-alone statement piece or matching mid-century furniture? Think about the finished look you want to achieve in your home, as some styles may come with coordinating ottomans, side tables or 3-seater sofas.
10 Of The Best Mid-Century Armchairs In Australia
We’ve scoured the web in search of the best mid-century armchairs available in Australia. So, kick back and relax as we run you through our favourite finds.
Luxurious lounging never looked better. Featuring a solid timber frame and swoon-worthy linen upholstery, the Paris Occasional Chair ticks every box when it comes to statement home styling. Designed with no-slump spring technology, your back support and comfort are covered too.
Say hello to your new favourite seat. The Madison Armchair has everything you’d expect from a mid-century piece. There’s the classic biscuit tufting, the striking round bolsters and the timeless tapered legs. You can tailor the fabric to suit your style too. Go neutral with Bisque, Stone and Granite, or be bold with Antique Gold Velvet and Aquamarine.
Add some vintage glam to your living space with the mid-century-style Stitch chair. With clean lines and a luxe velvet finish, it’s ready to be the star of the room – and keep you cosy while you curl up with your favourite mag. Choose from sunrise orange, navy or olive green.
Packing plenty of rustic appeal and mid-century flair, the Tobago armchair slides effortlessly into all kinds of homes – from country to contemporary. It comes in a choice of black or tan and features a solid teak wood frame and a luxurious hide covering for comfort and texture. Just beautiful.
Nothing says sumptuous style quite like velvet. With curved armrests and sleek channel stitching, the Aldric Armchair screams mid-century chic. Soft to the touch and easy on the eye, it’s the perfect place to take ten. Also available in leather.
This stunner has us all swooning! From its gentle curves and exquisite silhouette to its slender solid wood legs, the beauty is all in the detail. Fully upholstered for added comfort, it’s an excellent statement chair for the bedroom, lounge or office. Simply pair it with neutral furniture to let the blue do all the talking, or pair it with other bold pieces for an eclectic feel.
Made from solid Rubber Wood, this mid-century beauty oozes sophistication with its slender, contoured frame. Available in Opal Beige or Iron Black, the brass-tipped legs bring an extra touch of elegance.
Classy, cool and seriously comfy, the Irvine Armchair is the cosiest place to collapse at the end of the day. A great example of combining old with new – It boasts modern-day innovations such as an eco-friendly eucalyptus timber frame and high-density cushioning, while the tapered metal legs are a nod to quintessential mid-century design. Available in a 3-seater, 2.5-seater and ottoman to match the look.
Compact in size, yet big on features, the Carlo Mid-Century Chair is a fine example of the craftsmanship from decades past. From the refined, angular profile and tailored upholstery to the brass pencil legs, it’s a stand-out statement armchair. With over 25 fabric finishes to choose from, it’s sure to add character to any living space.
This list wouldn’t be complete without the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. An absolute icon of its time, the classic design marries comfort and style beautifully. This affordable replica offers the same functionality as the original, with the upholstered footrest always on hand when it’s time to take a load off.
How To Style Mid-Century Armchairs In Modern Homes
Pair it up: Achieve a luxurious look on a budget by placing two chairs side by side instead of using a sofa. Think hotel chic and afternoons chatting next to the bar cart!
Add texture: Metal frames and leather finishes can sometimes leave a room feeling a little cold. Use throws, rugs, floor cushions or even a Moroccan ottoman to add texture and warmth to the room, giving your new armchair a cosy feel.
Deliberate clash: Place your chair next to a modular curved sofa or a modern side table with a completely different look. This will allow the chair to stand out and make a statement.
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