Antique Swedish Art Deco Armchairs are one of my favorite all time design items. There's something intensely satisfying about their shape, dimensions and design.
The beautiful bentwood arms in stunning golden birch veneers are a visual treat with a gracious curve and swoop.
They are simultaneously traditional and modern - the choice of fabric absolutely dictates the feel of the chairs - here's an example
Very funky indeed.
Although the general shape is similar across most types of art deco armchairs, there are subtle variations in the leg height, seat width, back slant and height or arm thickness that tweak the overall formula and that produces different feels and tweaks in the style.
These slightly later art deco armchairs for example are unusual in that you have a much higher wingback design and open bentwood arms rather than the traditional closed ones. This creates a different sitting position to the classic variety and gives a more modern feel - you can see where the Swedish Modern style of the 1960s developed from in the lines of this armchair.
All the art deco armchairs feature solid construction with a birch frame and the seats are deep for added comfort supported by huge 5" copper coils springs and webbing with a hessian underlayer.
This makes them incredibly comfortable to sit on - they envelop you and hold you in a great position - the perfect armchair for hours of comfort.
Style wise leather is clearly very suited to the style of chair and white leather with a contrast piping is a classic choice for this type of upholstery often with an ormulu or enamelled arm rather than the honey colour to mid oak stain of the more classic armchairs.
Of course you get other variations like this stunning shell back art deco armchair which is much larger in size and with the rope fluting across the back. More often finished in fabric, we have reupholstered this one in wonderful soft white leather.
So really you cant go wrong in choosing an art deco armchair - its the chameleon of the design world able to fit into every design scenario by just changing the choice of fabric.