editor's obsession: chair envy.
June 20, 2011
For many, a chair is nothing more than a comfortable place to sit, a functional means to an end. For lovers of design, though, the right chair is just the beginning. Or at least, that’s the way it happened for me: One look at the Regent Arm Chair by Jonathan Adler and my mid-century madness subsided, my on-again-off-again penchant for Moroccan was snuffed out. Four beautifully crafted, tapered legs and a flawless upholstery job later, and I can’t help but crave the certain je ne sais quoi of vintage French design. Everything from the meticulously carved, yet simple frame to the hand-hammered nail trim is regal and substantial, but Adler doesn’t leave us stranded in the past with Louis XVI. Instead, subtle, up-to-date detailing like a glossy white lacquered finish and chocolate linen fabric bring it into modern times and my heart.