The Comeback Kid: An Ode to the Papasan Chair

The Comeback Kid: An Ode to the Papasan Chair

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Hannah Toles
Feb 8, 2017

Oh papasan chair. Your bowl-like nest, rattan base and cozy cushion made an appearance alongside many a shag rug and brass floor lamp in the 1970s, but your popularity waned and we were left with mere glimpses of you tucked into dorm room corners, bad bachelor pads or movie sets.

Alas, what's old is new again as it so often goes and we've noticed you're beginning to make your rounds in certain circles again. Though there may be myriad groups pitted against your comeback, we can't help but think you fit right at home in the eclectic interiors of 2017. Thanks to a new wave of designers who always knew saw hidden potential, your appeal rests now not only in your gorgeous curves and laid-back, hippie vibe, but also in how you're styled (or rather, restyled?). Plants, pillows and fabrics allow your bohemian, California-cool character to shine, showcasing the good looks you've perhaps always aspired to.

We understand your self-esteem may have taken a hit in the past decades, and it might be hard for you to believe, but hang in there, dear papasan chair—there's evidence! These five gorgeous rooms showcase a plethora of refreshed and grown-up versions of your old familiar self.

DISC Interiors takes a classic papasan chair, updates its frame and swathes the plush cushions in a pretty rusty orange hue to bring it up to modern day. Throw pillows only add to the charm in this textural, easy going corner.

(Image credit: Free People)

While you may be having a dazed and confused kind of moment, this space from the Free People Blog just feels so right. A chic wall hanging, a shelf overflowing with books and a comfy chair all lend just the right touch of vintage to this room at Sonoma Broadway Farms.

In a feature found on My Domaine, style blogger Jacey Dupree of Damsel in Dior knew just how to style this beaded roped version in her light and airy living room; with a fun patterned pillow and mid-century planter.

A fur throw, hanging fern, and mid-century modern pieces are the perfect sidekicks to make this textural papasan feel right at home in Gregory and Jenny's laid-back Venice, California home.

The little red dress of the room, an ubermodern red papasan makes a statement in this Manhattan office (spotted on Architectural Digest) courtesy interior designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper of Ingrao Inc.


On the market for a rattan, papasan-esque chair to cozy up in? Shop these 12 modern picks.

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