Good Questions: What Chairs to Pair with This Sofa?

Good Questions: What Chairs to Pair with This Sofa?

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 29, 2007

Hello AT,

Pottery Barn...yes, a necessary evil. I recently caved and bought their Seabury Sofa, in the basketweave ivory fabric, extra long. I love the clean lines and sophisticated look of the sofa, and that it is a perfect blend of contemporary and traditional...

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I am thinking that I want to put two cool chairs facing the sofa, that are a bit more eclectic. But, I live in a traditional boston brownstone and don't want to fight with the natural decor of the place.

Any tips on size, shape, proportion for the chairs?

Thanks, Abby

Dear Abby,

Because the Seabury is a carefully designed and updated version of a classic, you can put a great deal with it. You can go modern, contemporary and even traditional. The only place you will want to be careful is with the fabric. Here we would stay strictly contemporary/modern and avoid patterns or gaudy colors.

We're going to start you off with two of our favorite chairs (and one more) and hope that others jump in:

The Elliot Chair by Mitchell Gold. This small scale and lovely design would fit in perfectly and not take up any space (if that's a consideration).

English Roll Arm from Restoration Hardware. We have a soft spot for this chair because it is just so damn comfortable. With the right fabric, you can tie it in. Warning: it's big.

The Cameron Chair from Room and Board - just nice.

Anyone else?

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