The most thoughtful spaces come together organically and overtime—the best designers in the industry will attest. While there are always a few basics that need to be promptly purchased to make a space functional—a sofa, a dining table, a bed—it can be worth taking the time to source more decorative pieces or to save up for a unique eye-catching item that you’ll keep for decades to come.
Of the items that are worth saving up and taking time with is the living room lounge chair. For one, it’s a versatile piece that can easily be moved from home to home—so you know you’ll own it for as long as you want. And while you may want to play it safe with a neutral sofa or a solid-colored rug, a beautiful, modern lounge chair is the opportunity to let your design personality shine.
Few furniture pieces are designed with as much versatility and style as a living room lounge chair—the infamous Eames lounge chair and ottoman are the perfect examples. But before you turn to an overdone (albeit iconic) design or a generic chair picked up without much afterthought, consider these insanely cool modern lounge chairs. Ranging from under $200 to over $20,000, there is a little something to fit every style and budget.
Poltrona 101, The Future Perfect, $24,840
If this chair is unlike anything you’ve seen before, it’s because its creator, DimoreStudio, draws from various styles and periods in history to create furniture pieces that are unique and adaptable to a multitude of environments. This polished steel chair with leather arms, available in a multitude of fabrics, is one of a kind.
Little Petra Lounge Chair, A+R Store, $3,824-plus
This 1930s Viggo Boesen chair was recently reissued by &Tradition, bringing back to life a “holy grail” of Danish design for avid collectors. With wooden legs and a luxurious sheepskin upholstery, the Funkis chair—a precursor to midcentury style—is small but surprisingly comfortable.
Loafer Lounge Chair, A+R Store, $2,699-plus
This soft, channel-padded velvet club chair was created by Space Copenhagen for the redesign of the Danish city’s SAS Royal Hotel. Available in an array of velvets and a white bouclé fabric, it’s perfectly on trend to fit any interior, large or small.
Swivel Channel Chair, Cuff Home, $5,750
This swivel chair by Cuff Home takes channel tufting to a whole new level—using the oversize motif to wrap the outside of the chair and creating a beautiful, modern statement that looks great from every angle.
Knockabout Fiberglass Lounge Chair, 1st Dibs, $4,600
Somewhere between a chaise longue and a lounge chair is this sling Knockabout chair by Asa Pingree made of a curvy fiberglass base and top cushion and available in a variety of indoor and outdoor fabrics. This is a fantastic chair for ultimate relaxation.
Gwyneth Boucle Chair, CB2, $899
Bouclé has quickly replaced sheepskin as 2019’s It textured fabric, and CB2 has taken note. In its latest collaboration with Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP, the brand has created this sexy lounge chair in a faux-bouclé that’s just as trendy as it is timeless.
Bloke Lounge Chair, Hive Modern, $1,699
With its sheltering high back and thin powder-coated steel legs, Blu Dot’s Bloke chair is a sight to behold. Originally created as a sectional sofa, the collection has expanded to include three-seaters, loveseats, and lounge chairs in the same generously proportioned design.
Egg Chair, Suite NY, price upon request
If you’re looking for a timeless classic to adorn your living room, look no further than Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair, which is now in its 60th anniversary. This special edition features a light tan leather hide and a 23 karat gold–wrapped base—making this design both unique and iconic.
Pacha, Suite NY, price upon request
This iconic modern lounge chair, originally created in 1975 by French designer Pierre Paulin, looks and feels a bit like a giant cloud. Its low-slung puffy base is in line with the era’s retro taste all the while feeling surprisingly fitting to modern-day style.
The Upholstered Venus Chair, Dering Hall, price upon request
British furniture company Soane Britain specializes in beautiful and original rattan furniture and lighting designs. In this re-edition of its scallop-edged Venus chair, the seat is upholstered in a soft aqua velvet with a woven rattan base, giving the design a whimsical under-the-sea vibe.
Charlottenborg Chair, Horne, $2,240
Part modern and part something you would find in your grandma’s solarium, this rattan chair by Sika Designs modernizes an iconic design that was originally created by Arne Jacobsen in 1936. Now found in design hotel lobbies like the 11 Howard in New York City, this lounge chair has a newfound relevance in modern design.
Crescent Swivel, West Elm, $560-plus
With its crescent swivel chair design, West Elm created a beautiful wraparound design that’s just as convenient as it is aesthetically pleasing—all for $560. Available in five distinct colors ranging from a navy blue velvet to a twill teal and a mustard yellow basket weave, this chair touches on a variety of design trends.
Nido Chair, Estudio Persona, price upon request
For a contemporary chair that’s just as iconic as it is carefully crafted, turn to Estudio Persona’s Nido chair—made of an egg-like upholstered leather seat nested in a cross-shaped solid white oak or walnut frame. The chair is handmade in Los Angeles from locally sourced materials so you know you’re making an ethical purchase as well.
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