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If there is one standout trend that came out of Milan Design Week, it would be the promise of a statement seat that combines form and function with effortless ease. Consider it the new wave of decorative accents, one that relies heavily on an element of functionality, all the while maintaining a strict adherence to style and aesthetics.

Looking at the options unveiled, as a whole, it became clear that Scandinavian influences still reign supreme. And yet, don’t underestimate the emergence of the maximalists and vintage-inspired, which are surely here to make their mark in the design world. For as artful and sculptural the finds ahead may be, they maintain enough of an element of functionality to justify the splurge.

Read on to get the scoop on the statement-making seats you’re about to see everywhere.

Soft Edge Chair, HAY

It’s all about the color pairings when it comes to HAY’s latest. Available in a variety of chic tonal options, the Soft Edge chair channels a retro vibe with a modern spin, resulting in a soon-to-be-iconic option you’re definitely going to want to snag.

All Plastic Chair, Jasper Morrison, $281.83

Allow us to make a case for this pick: Its vibrant yellow finish is reason enough to make the purchase and don’t be fooled by the apparent simplicity of its build. Thoughtfully crafted to emulate an organic form that will complement the movement and shape of those who sit in it, this seat is anything but ordinary.

Quarter Pie Chair, Thayer Coggin + Milo, $2,245 

Featuring a stainless steel frame and luxe textured upholstery, this option, designed by Milo Baughman in 1965, is one that beautifully marries a vintage aesthetic with contemporary design. The continuous nature of the build is just an added bonus.

Solar Chair Steel and Wool, Bohinc Studio, $3,939.56

For a decorative staple that errs more towards the sculptural versus the functional—we would be perfectly content on letting this one double as a decorative accent if it weren’t for the hefty price tag—this one certainly takes the cake in the whole design department.

Soft Chair, Daniel Emma, $494.24

The talented duo behind Daniel Emma unveiled their Bling Bling Dynasty collection at Salone earlier last month and this vibrant piece was just one of the items we couldn’t keep our eyes off. The seat’s pared-down composition coupled with its unapologetically bold hue is one that will impart any style or space with a defining detail.

Udon Chair

by Staffan Holm for Hem, 


Inspired by both European and Japanese carpentry traditions, the Udon chair is a refreshing rendition of the classic bistro seat. Crafted from beech wood and available in an array of bold stains, this one is modern elegance at its finest. 

Angle Chair – Ultramarine, TRNK, $1,695

Not only are we completely enthralled by the soothing shade of blue but, we can also see this one living in just about any decorative scheme. Bonus point for pairing this small-space friendly seat with a throw pillow in a cheery shade of yellow.

Penguin Lounge Chair, MoMA, $1,300 

If you have yet to notice the 1950s are making a major comeback in the realm of design—this iconic Danish piece is only one example. Featuring a walnut back with black leather seat, it’s the subtle contrasting elements that set this one apart from the rest.

Lift Chair, Northerners Collective

A case for simplicity if we’ve ever seen one, this beautifully structured seat comes sans the superfluous, boasting an inspired detail that stems from the contrasting pairing of shapes and textures.

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