Fabric is a powerful player in the making of a statement chair. While the right material can help dictate the style of a room, it also impacts the price tag and longevity of the piece. Leather, for example, is a more expensive option but creates a timeless look – it can also add a masculine feel to a space. While you’re shopping, ask about your chosen fabric’s Martindale test results to see how many ‘rubs’ it can take before you’ll start to see signs of wear. “For a bedroom chair, 20,000 is enough, but opt for at least 90,000 for the living room,” advises Emma Overton of 1000 Chairs.
Swedese ‘Continental’ in Brown, from $4730, Fred International. ‘Cittane’ chair in Duck Egg Blue, $1310, Curious Grace.
easychair ‘Coco Velvet’ lounge chair in Black, $695, Clickon Furniture.
‘Sedan’ cowhide chair in Brown and White by Alexander Santorini Imports, $1299, Temple & Webster.
‘Soderhamn’ armchair in Pink, $399, Ikea. Stockists, page 188