Contemporary chairs designed to make a style statement in your home!

Contemporary chairs

If you are looking for design inspiration from brands with strong design heritage and craftsmanship credentials, check out our round up of these 10 contemporary chairs collections.  

All the upholstered chairs we have showcased can be personalised in your choice of fabrics and leathers – you can select from a huge range of high-quality Italian fabrics or they can also be made in your own material.  

Contemporary chairs with flair – our 10 top picks

1. Take Shelter

A modern interpretation of the ideal chair for relaxation and reading, Shelter envelopes, offering a welcome pause, a place to restore balance and energy to the body. The backrest, with lateral headrests and centre head cushion, completes the ergonomic luxury of the chair and the matching footstool is the perfect addition. 

The Shelter chair by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence offers cosy comfort with its enveloping and nurturing design

2. Beauty in metal

Pensando ad Acapulco (Thinking of Acapulco) is a tribute to the iconic Acapulco Chair of the Fifties. It gives shape to a new understanding of what a chair is, starting from sheet metal shaped entirely by hand, fold after fold. Three iron legs support the seat, formed by three sections in shiny copper, steel or brass, enlivened by the refraction of light on each facet sculpted on its surface. The product of De Castelli craftsmanship, expertise and virtuosity, this chair challenges durable metal to become welcoming, even transforming iron into the most flexible of materials.

Iconic style by IV Design

3. Play with proportions

We simply love the proportions of the Kelly collection of contemporary chairs by Tacchini. Taking inspiration from the artistic vision of Ellsworth Kelly, this is a multi-award-winning collection of seating elements. The irresistibly smart design comes in a collection of chairs, armchairs and a chaise longue with matching ottoman. Designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune, Kelly celebrates creativity. The personality of every model is distinguished by various shapes and sizes of seat and backrest, always suspended on thin metallic structures reminiscent of vintage furniture and modern artworks. Kelly chairs can stay independent or create different combinations and compositions.

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Statement pieces and furnishings that play with scale

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Sit back and relax on the Kelly L

4. You’ll never have to reach far for your aperitivo

Isola is not only visually beautiful, but it is an inviting armchair to relax and get comfortable thanks to its large deep base.  Options available with and without a built-in side table so you never have to reach far for your G&T!

Settle in to the deep inviting seat of the Isola by Claesson Koivisto Rune 

5. Take five! – the perfect chair to put your feet up

This design by the trio of Swedish designers, Claesson Koivisto Rune, weds the ergonomic pleasure of a deep, welcoming and outlandishly comfortable seat to the irresistible aesthetic of a piece of furniture designed to lend sophistication to any room.  Learn more about the Lima collection of contemporary chairs and footstools, plus sofas too.

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The perfect chair to put your feet up and relax

6. Slam dunk seating!

A contemporary chair classic, Campeggi’s Lazy Basketball adds a playful element to your home – perfect for an urban apartment, games room, teenager’s bedroom or playroom.

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Shoot some hoops from the comfort of your chair!

7. Just add wheels for easy manoeuvrability

Baobab, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, is characterised by a round big comfortable base with a straight and delicate back for perfect support and comes with wheels for easy manoeuvrability.

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A stylish perch for a reading room or study

8. XL – style doesn’t get much bigger

Absolutely essential design is combined with generous proportions to give a chair with a slim profile and a broad, comfortable seat. It has the versatility to be compatible with any setting, and with its distinctive, minimal style, Tacchini’s XL looks great with a host of different furniture.

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Minimal style from the versatile XL chair

9. Dine in Montevideo

For an elegant dining chair, we love the Montevideo by Claesson Koivisto Rune, with its soft shape and slender legs, part of a premium collection by Tacchini offering great comfort and style.

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Dine in style and comfort

10. Seventies design icon

An icon of Italian design in the 1970s, the Sesann collection by Gianfranco Frattini was part of a new vision of contemporary living in which ergonomics were adapted to social change, ushering in a way of sitting that is more relaxed and less stiffly formal. Today, as then, it is an open invitation to the beauty of comfort in its most authentic expression. Frattini’s gifted design concept produces seating elements with sensual, generously harmonious, inviting shapes.  

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Sesann commands its space with its bold volumes and elegant, sophisticated design

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