Once in a while I come across a piece that just sticks with me. I may not be in love with it but something about it stands out and pushes me to consider it further. When I came across the Versailles Chair by Restoration Hardware I had this kind of moment. Somewhere between Jacobsen’s Egg Chair and the Egg “Chair” Lady Gaga was carried into the Grammys in, this piece has a design that envelopes the sitter and at the same time commands the room.
Inspired by 18th century design the Versailles Domed Burlap-Backed Chair is nothing if not a statement piece. I like that Restoration Hardware’s take on this design is done up in soft neutrals with beautiful, subtle detailing and an exposed, stripped down structure that shows off its bones. What I have difficulty with is how overly formal and stiff it feels, maybe I lack imagination but I have a hard time picturing this piece in an actual living space, even one with an “off limits” living room. The domed top and deep wings “designed to fend off drafts” also give me a sense of claustrophobia when paired with the large scale and formality of the piece.
What do you think? Love it, hate it, or love the idea but just couldn’t see living with it?