You’re Going to Want One of These Petite Seats
Find your perfect perch.
Published Apr 25, 2019 5:00 AM
There will always be that one decor piece you didn’t know you needed until you see it. For us, the petite accent chair is one such piece. Captivating, comfy, and compact in size, these scaled-down perches make for endlessly versatile seating in any space. So when we caught a glimpse of the new Les Petit Seats collection by designers Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, the owners of the longstanding home emporium of the same name, we were immediately smitten.
Launched in celebration of their 30th anniversary, the new line of chairs delivers on the trendsetting style and high-quality standards Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is known for—sustainability, nontoxicity, domestic craftsmanship. “I love the way our petite chairs allow you to have extra seating that can be moved around,” says Gold. “And they’re incredibly comfortable even though they are smaller in scale.”
So whether you’re decorating a tiny space, furnishing a nook, or are just in need of more portable seating, these chairs are perfect for enhancing any room. And rest assured that 30 years of innovating on furniture design guarantees there’s something for everyone. Find your favorite below.
If you’re looking for something classic…
The slipper chair is favored by decorators for a reason. The armless design naturally works in small spaces, and the slim, refined silhouette complements traditional decor perfectly. By paring down the size, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’s Annie chair gives the classic chair a twist and is sure to inject unexpected fun into any decor style.
Style tip from Gold: “Annie offers more than meets the eye. This skirted version looks elegant in the blue-and-white stripe. But it’s also ideal for a casual beach house or modern farmhouse look because the cover is made of Sunbrella performance fabric.”
If you love a fashion-forward look…
Sharp edges contrasted by an extra-plush seat make the Jewel Swivel chair the perfect combination of fashion and comfort. We love how the back rises high like a starched, popped collar and envelops you in its chic cocoon. Just the right blend of form and function, Jewel offers luxurious style in a size that won’t overpower the other pieces in a room.
Style tip from Williams: “Jewel proves you don’t need a large piece to make a statement. Its faceted shape stands out, especially in this shimmering blue velvet, and it’s equally great comfort-wise.”
If you want to add a touch of whimsy…
Inspired by European cafe seating, the Poppy Swivel chair has Parisian flair, a modernist silhouette, and the most sophisticated curved back for ladylike lounging. And don’t worry—if you’re not ready to commit to this graphic pattern, you can choose from more than 300 fabrics and leathers to make Poppy truly yours.
Style tip from Williams: “Poppy allows you to have a swivel chair no matter how snug your space is. We like adding a pair to a living area, of course, but it also makes for a perfect vanity chair with our faux-shagreen Solange desk.”
If your style leans formal…
A generous curved back (yes, even at this scale), a wide seat, and slope arms make the Mae chair an inviting conversation piece. The elegant shape and turned legs have a romantic sensibility that’s well-suited for a bedroom. To give it your personal touch, try it in a pretty patterned fabric, such as a delicate floral, and nailhead trim for the dreamiest, most diminutive seat.
Style tip from Gold: “We see Mae complementing updated classics like the new Delphine rug or our Celina bed. Consider mixing the chair into a mostly modern room, where its curves and turned legs will add a softer touch.”
If you love mid-century-modern designs…
From its stick legs to its subtly curved wide back, the Fifi chair offers the best of mid-century design but in modern upholstery. It’s like a refurbished vintage chair without all the work. If stainless steel is too retro for you, opt for brushed brass and don’t miss the Tibetan wool version—a warm and fuzzy spin with sophisticated vibes.
Style tip from Williams: “The frame introduces an always-welcome metallic accent to a room and it’s so versatile that you may find yourself using it in different rooms over the years, even in a master bath.”
If you favor timeless pieces…
Club chairs have a distinguished legacy associated with members’-only rooms and posh townhomes. But the secret behind their uptown cachet is that they’re actually super comfortable. By decreasing the size and swapping traditional leather or upholstery for a splashy, abstract print like this one, MGBW gives us a seat that’s eye-catching and contemporary with the same elevated feel.
Style tip from Gold: “The Costello chair has a simple shape that works well with a variety of fabrics. We like using a pair to create an intimate conversation area with an accent table for drinks and snacks.”