Hardly more welcoming words can be heard, after walking miles and miles of the High Point Furniture Market, than “Please, have a seat.” This market I made sure to visit more of the side buildings to source some special vendor wares and I could certainly feel those extra steps! Of course, the showrooms were more than happy to seat us during our visits. There’s nothing better than taking the sit test to assist us in sharing their comfort stories.
I must admit, I have a thing for chairs. I think it’s hereditary because I tease my mother about being able to play musical chairs in her home. She’s a petite one, less than five feet, so I think it’s partly a comfort item as well as she loves the option of mixing styles. A great chair, (or two), can be akin to bringing a piece of art or architecture into your space. It can make it frillier, more tailored, more modern, more traditional . . . and so on.
Chairs can also be like shoes. They’ll have us oohing over their gorgeous style and then sighing with regret when misery sets in, especially when ill-fitted, in a short time. If you’re making selections for the long term, comfort comes first. It’s fine to have that one museum piece. We all have one, on occasion, but know the reason it will stay almost immaculate is that no one will want to sit in it, including you! (Like that pair of Valentino spike heels in the top of your closet.)
Conversely, there’s more to being cozily outfitted than having that old, baseball mitt-styled/security blanket chair commanding the wrong kind of attention just because someone in the house can’t let go of it. We know who they are and it's why there should be handsome options.
There were so many options to be discovered and I think the lights may have been turned off on me, had I gotten to sit in everything or photograph it all. I have my tried-and-true, preselected lines to take away the guess work for my clients. In fact, I'm excited to share I'll be bringing in some pieces for their own sit tests. It will make the design studio pretty, too!
Who said style and comfort have to be mutually exclusive? Not I!
All my best! ~ Wanda