All em­brac­ing

These fig­ure-hug­ging chairs are strik­ing lounge ac­cents – pair them up for a dy­namic style di­a­logue.

Belle - - Belle Loves Right N Ow - Edited by LUCY MCCABE

IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER Greg Natale (pic­tured, with Belle in­te­rior de­sign ed­i­tor Lucy Mccabe) has ad­vice on choos­ing oc­ca­sional chairs. “I’m not a fan of match­ing so­fas with their re­spec­tive arm­chairs. Se­lect­ing com­ple­men­tary, but not match­ing, styles con­trib­utes to a more dy­namic en­vi­ron­ment. When ar­rang­ing a lay­out, pair arm­chairs of the same style – this then helps bring a lit­tle bal­ance. Keep so­fas cleaner, in block colours, and splash out with colour and pat­tern on the oc­ca­sional chairs so they be­come ac­cents. Never leave an oc­ca­sional chair float­ing – pair it with an­other chair or a side ta­ble – we all need a friend!” Greg’s pick? “Gio Ponti’s ‘Via Dezza’ chair is a favourite, which he de­signed for his own home in Mi­lan in 1953. It’s so con­tem­po­rary and in­cred­i­bly el­e­gant and ex­hibits a ro­bust­ness that prom­ises a com­fort­able sit­ting ex­pe­ri­ence. It makes a state­ment as much now as it did in the 50s.” greg­na­tale.com

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