Leather Accent Chairs

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Many modern designer chairs are leather accent chairs. Leather, a prized material for many European early 20th century designers, fit the ideals of many early Modern designers both conceptually and aesthetically. Conceptually, leather is strong, flexible, and inexpensive. Aesthetically, leather accent chairs can range from casual to formal, depending on the aim of the designer.

Ways of Using Leather in Modern Leather Accent Chairs

Leather, which is stronger for industrial and furniture applications than fabrics, can be used in chair designs in many ways. One technique (arguably made famous by Mart Stam and Marcel Breuer) involved stretching the leather between two supports to create a flexible, sturdy seat or seatback. Stam's cantilever chair of 1926 and Breuer's Wassily chair of 1928 both utilize this technique.

Le Corbusier, another European modernist, uses leather in a completely different manner. His leather accent chairs are large, enveloping seats that, through their grand looks and stature, emphasize the importance of total relaxation. They incorporate large, soft leather cushions that are nearly opposite in function and form to the taut, stretched leather designs of Stam or Breuer.

The leather accent chair designs of Stam, Breuer, and Le Corbusier range in formality from casual seating to personal relaxation, and can be used in a wide variety of modern settings. The rich black leather that is used in most modern versions of these chairs can evoke a range of feelings, from crisp modern living to the utmost in luxury.

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