Bergere chairs go back a ways. (Marie Antionette used them in her country home, Petit Trianon.) Antique versions show up a lot in traditional decor, but that doesn't mean they don't work in more modern rooms as well. For tips on integrating a Bergere chair into a contemporary space, click below...
Bergere chairs are a French tradition, defined by an upholstered back and seat (usually with a loose, overstuffed cushion) on a carved wood frame. Their "bones" are curvey, which makes them a nice compliment to more straight-lined pieces, and the extra padding in their soft cushions can make them pretty comfortable reading chairs.
To keep a Bergere chair from looking too dowdy, upholster it in a modern fabric. Examples are shown above in both neutrals, bold patterns, and delicate prints:
• Objets Plus
• Bespeckled Bergere Chair
• Duralee Bergere Chair
• Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon
• Annabel Chair from Layla Grace