Published on April 1, 2019

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The origin of the peacock chair is clouded in ambiguity, but its stance in culture is indisputable. Rumored to have been designed for royalty, its Edwardian-inspired frame is a hallmark of its iconic style. Glorified by celebrities during the golden era of film, the chair became a status symbol in the ’50s and ’60s and made numerous cameos (Morticia Addams was an avid fan). These days, you probably know it best as the quintessential badge of the nouveau Boho movement.

Crafted from rattan, the aptly titled seat features a broad, flared back and an intricate build, often including lifted arms and an hourglass-shaped base, giving it a throne-like appearance. It’s versatile enough to live both indoors and out—you can thank the woven rattan for that.

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Iconic Emmanuelle Chair Midcentury Rattan Peacock Chair via 1stdibs

Having undergone numerous reinventions, the modern adaptation of this classic means that it’s no longer exclusive to a Bohemian look. Here are the spaces and finds that prove it.

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In artist Carly Jo Morgan’s Topanga Canyon home, a blush-hued wicker chair offers a contemporary redux to the original. Coupled with a shaggy rug and patterned throw pillows, it fits right in with the space’s New Age–meets-Cali-cool vibe.

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When boho queen Justina Blakeney and Selamat Designs linked up for a collaboration, the designer reimagined the chair with a geometric spin that included a unique hexagonal seat and a swivel base.  

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Peep the pair of peacock-esque chairs in Garance Doré’s LA backyard, which looks like a seamless extension of the surrounding Scandi-chic furnishings, thanks to the color-blocked rug.

Ready to test out the trend? See the riffs on the peacock chair we’re loving right now.

With its high-gloss pink finish, this throne-like structure is set to be the ultimate focal point of your living room.

Part hanging chair, part peacock, a cushioned rattan piece combines the best of both worlds.

Fact: Two is better than one, and this love seat is all the proof you need.

If you’re all about the sleek and streamlined, consider an iron design. Style with a cushion for comfort and a pop of color.

Danish architect Finn Juhl’s interpretation took on a near-literal form merged with an effortlessly cool, Scandinavian touch.

Opalhouse’s fan-back seat comes with a scalloped frame and thicker pieces of rattan, which offer up a revamp fit for the modern home.