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If you walked across your home and counted the number of chairs you have, we bet you’d be surprised! Chairs are such an important part of décor, and what’s more, they are also one of the most useful pieces of furniture. With centuries-old history and styles, and the specific uses that they were designed for, it is not surprising that there are more than 100 types of chairs that are known to mankind!
Here are 8 unique types of chairs that are perfect for different parts of your home. (All chairs showcased in the article are available on Artisera.)
1. Adirondack Chairs
The first Adirondack chair was designed by Thomas Lee in 1903, as an outdoor chair for his summer home in the Adirondack Mountains, New York. Originally made with 11 flat wooden boards, these chairs featuring straight backs and wide armrests, are perfect for a serene garden space!
Known by multiple other names such as Savonarola, Scissor or Dante Chairs, X-Chairs originated in medieval Italy, and quickly spread through Renaissance Europe. With an X-shaped frame, and typically made using walnut wood, these chairs were often foldable. Later variants of the chair continued carrying a shape that made the chair look foldable, even if they weren’t.
3. Plantation Chairs
A perfect fusion of East and West, Plantation Chairs, a type of easy chair, were used by the British at plantations in India during the colonial rule. Ideal for verandahs, these large, comfortable chairs are very relaxing, especially with the swing-out extensions meant for putting your feet up!
4. Oriental (Ming) Chairs
Taking inspiration from the late Ming period (1368 – 1644), considered by many to be the Golden Age of Chinese furniture, oriental chairs or Ming chairs with typical horseshoe backs, are designed to both please the eye and increase comfort.
5. Rocking Chairs
Originally used in gardens, Rocking Chairs first appeared in England in 1725. Often seen as synonymous with parenting, the motion of gentle rocking relaxes the body and allows for better sleep!
6. Balloon Chairs
Also called the Queen, Porter or Versailles Domed Chair, these chairs were used in medieval England and France. They were placed by the front door of estates for the gatekeeper or porter who was in charge of screening visitors. Since there were cold breezes near a front door, these chairs with their dome-shaped canopy helped to keep the occupant relatively warm!
7. Revolving Chairs
Inspired by the English-style Windsor Chair, revolving chairs are believed to have been invented by Thomas Jefferson. It is believed that he was seated on a revolving chair when he drafted the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776! Today, revolving chairs and stools are commonly used in offices and bars.
8. Stylized or Artistic Chairs
With creativity and flair, many skilled artists have turned mundane chairs into stylized pieces of statement furniture. The sheer uniqueness and artistic style of these chairs makes them a very popular part of modern décor!
Explore a collection of one of a kind, hand made chairs on Artisera.
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