This Thomas Chippendale chair can be seen by the public at Harewood House in Yorkshire. It was designed as part of the original design for the library with yellow leather and deep blue painted wood. Lots of the carving detail refers to pattern designed by Robert Adam who was the original architect and interior designer. Adam and Chippendale worked closely together to create a cohesive design. What strikes me about this chair is how modern the blue and the leather appear together.
So here is a contemporary chair with very similar styling to the Chippendale which was designed in the 1770’s, two hundred and fifty years ago! They do say fashion goes in cycles.
The chair above is by Robert Adam in the Neoclassical style in the Georgian period. It is similar in style to the Louis XIV style which developed around the same time in France. This shape has been copied any times and is often seen in modern interiors though maybe not always in gilt or brown damask fabric. Lots of designers have made updates of these chairs – most notably Philip Stark who designed the Louis Ghost chair which is still made by Kartell.
Updates of the Louis/Adam style chair. Bright colours and patterned fabrics contrast with the traditional shape of the chairs.