When it comes to designing and furnishing the interior of our homes, one of the most important considerations that needs to be made, but is often criminally overlooked, is which chairs to buy.
A well-designed chair is not only functional but can also be an expression of your personal taste that adds intrinsic aesthetic value to the room. Chairs come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and the best homes utilize a range of chairs depending on the chair needs. There are a variety of materials that are used to make chairs such as bamboo, wood, acrylic and metal, and cool and creative chairs are designed to be comfortable, durable and delightful to look at.
This article is the definitive guide to cool and innovative chairs that every home needs.
Ergonomic Desk Chairs
With so many of us spending hours working in our home offices, comfortable desk chairs are more necessary than ever. Ergonomic desk chairs are scientifically designed to support your body perfectly, ensuring that you remain pain-free and are able to focus on the job at hand for a longer period of time. The best desk chairs provide useful features such as adjustable height, tilt capabilities and lumbar support.
Whilst the most important aspect of any chair is its comfort factor, ergonomic desk chairs provide everyday comfort with appealing aesthetics. There are various styles of desk chairs that can fit your personal preferences such as sophisticated leather chairs and breathable mesh chairs.
Your dining room should be a place where your family, friends and guests can gather and enjoy the quality time together. The experts at ChairInstitute.com explain that an elegant and stylish dining room should have synchronized furniture pieces that create a stylish but ultimately welcoming vibe. With the right design of dining chairs, you can ensure that everyone can sit comfortably and enjoy quality meals together in absolute style.
Usually dining chairs come in a matching set with a dining table that is available in various designs, colors and styles with different chair frames, seating covers and materials. Make sure that your dining chairs have the right proportions to be comfortable to sit on whilst matching your dining area and personal style.
People often overlook the importance of comfort when it comes to buying dining chairs but we spend a lot of time sitting at the dining table and so you should give as much consideration to the comfort of your dining chairs as you would to your sofa.
Stools and Benches
By adding strategically placed stools and benches to your home, guests will never have to worry about finding a place to sit. Benches can support and seat many people and you can pick designs that match well with your space in both style and size.
Many people choose to buy benches for their gardens as they are perfect for garden parties and family BBQs. Wooden benches are perfect for outdoor use, just be sure to regularly treat them to make sure they are weatherproof and don't rot.
Stools are excellent because they can be moved away and stored easily under a table or taken out when there is a need for extra seating. You should always make sure that you choose high quality, durable stools before you even worry about the design. Stools are so easy to recover with the pattern of your choice, so make sure you choose sturdy models and then consider the covers later.
Loveseats are couches that seat two people and they come in a huge range of colors and designs. Loveseats are perfect for social spaces like living rooms, and because there are so many options available, loveseats work perfectly no matter what the room's color scheme.
Loveseats' frames are typically made out of materials such as wood or metal and their cushions are usually made out of high-density foam and memory foam. For upholstery, you have choices between vinyl, fabric or leather depending on the style of your room. Loveseats are really great because they usually incorporate firm cushions which means better support for your body posture and memory foam cushions are ideal for protecting our spines.
There are chairs just for seating and then there are chairs that are just undeniably cool. The best chairs transcend their functionality and become special pieces that add something to your home. Your home's interior is the ultimate expression of your personality and design ethos and you should never overlook the importance of picking the right chairs to help portray your overall design message.
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Except for 16, I have celebrated all of my milestone birthdays in New York City.
I turned 16 in Arnold, Missouri. Arnold is a small town (though not small anymore) 20 miles south of St. Louis. St. Louis is known for the Gateway Arch, a beautiful arch of shiny stainless steel, built by the National Parks Service in 1935 to commemorate Thomas Jefferson's vision of a transcontinental U.S. St. Louis is also known for its custard, a frozen dessert that is so thick, they hand it to you upside down with a spoon inside. Something else about St. Louis you should know is that there is a courthouse just steps from the base of the Gateway Arch where one of the most important cases in history was tried: Dred Scott v. Sanford.
I'm turning 50 during what I define as a miraculous time to be alive.
Mr. Scott was born into enslavement around 1799 and, in 1830, was sold to a military surgeon who traveled back and forth between his military posts in Illinois and Wisconsin, where slavery was prohibited under the Missouri Compromise of 1820. In 1842 the doctor and Mr. Scott both married, and they, all four, returned to St. Louis. Still enslaved, Dred Scott filed a lawsuit against the doctor's wife for his and his wife Harriet's freedom. We don't know exactly why he chose this moment in time to file a lawsuit, however, he did. At the time of filing his, now, famous lawsuit, he was 50 years old. Ultimately, The Scott family did not gain their freedom, but their profound courage in filling this case helped ignite the Civil War and what we would come to know (or think we know) as freedom from enslavement for all human beings. Powerful then and even more powerful now.
My next milestone was turning 21, and I did it in the Big Apple. Having only moved to "the city that never sleeps" a few months prior, I knew nobody except my new friends, the bus-boys from the restaurant I was working at, Patzo's on the Upper West Side. And, yes, pazzo is actually the correct spelling of the Italian word, which translates to "crazy." Trust me we all had several laughs about the misspelling and the definition going hand in hand. I worked a full shift, closing out at around 11 PM, when, my kitchen team came out from the line with a cake singing, "Cumpleaños Feliz." It was fantastic. And the kindness of these almost-strangers was a powerful reminder of connection then as it still is today almost 29 years later.
I design the life I desire and the Universe creates it for me every day. I show up, keep the story moving, and work hard because I am relentlessly devoted to making the world a better place and this is how I choose to leave my legacy.
When I turned 30, I had just finished a European tour with Lucinda Childs dance company. The company had been on tour for months together and were inseparable. We traveled through Paris, Vienna, Lisbon, and Rome. We ate together, we rode on a bus together, we had drinks after shows together, and we even took turns giving company class to get warmed up before a show. It was deeply meaningful and dreamy. We ended the tour back in New York City at BAM, The Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was an incredible way to end the tour, by being on our home court, not to mention I was having an important birthday at the culmination of this already incredible experience.
So, when I invited everyone to join me at Chelsea Pier's Sky Rink to ice skate in late August, I was schooled really quickly that "tour" does not mean you are friends in real life, it means you are tour friends. When the tour ends, so does the relationship. I skated a few laps and then went home. This was a beautiful lesson learned about who your real friends are; it was powerful then as it is today.
Turning 40 was a completely different experience. I was in a serious relationship with my now-husband, Joe. I had just come off of a successful one-woman dance show that I produced, choreographed, and danced in, I had just choreographed a feature film, John Turturro's Romance and Cigarettes, with A-list actors, including Kate Winslet and James Gandolfini, who became a dear friend and had even been on the red carpet with Susan Sarandon at the Venice Film Festival for the movie a year earlier.
And I encourage all women to identify their power and choose to be fully in your power at any age.
This was a very special birthday, and I had, in those 10 years between 30 and 40, come to cultivate very real friendships with some wonderful colleagues. We all celebrated at a local Italian restaurant, Etcetera Etcetera (who is delivering for those of you in NYC — we order weekly to support them during COVID), a staple in the theater district. Joe and I were (and are) regulars and, of course, wanted to celebrate my 40th with our restaurant family and friends. We were upstairs in the private room, and it was really lovely. Many of those in attendance are no longer with us, including Joe's Dad, Bob Ricci, and my dear friend Jim Gandolfini having transitioned to the other side. Currently, that restaurant is holding on by a thread of loving neighbors and regulars like us. Life is precious. Powerful then and today even more so.
I write this article because I'm turning 50, still in New York City. However, I'm turning 50 during what I define as a miraculous time to be alive. And I could not be more filled with hope, love, possibility, and power. This year has included an impeachment hearing, a global pandemic, and global protests that are finally giving a larger platform to the Black Lives Matter movement. Being able to fully embody who I am as a woman, a 50-year-old woman who is living fully in purpose, takes the cake, the rink, and the party.
I'm making movies about conversations around race. I've been happily married for 11 years to the love of my life, Joe Ricci. I'm amplifying and elevating the voices of those who have not previously had a platform for speaking out. I choose who to spend time with and how long! I design the life I desire and the Universe creates it for me every day. I show up, keep the story moving, and work hard because I am relentlessly devoted to making the world a better place and this is how I choose to leave my legacy. Being 50 is one of the most amazing things I ever thought I could experience. And I encourage all women to identify their power and choose to be fully in your power at any age. I'm 50 and powerful. Dred Scott was 50 and powerful. This powerful lesson is for today and tomorrow. We have the power. No matter what age you are, I invite you to use your powerful voice to join me in making the world a better place.