Not Your Grandmother’s Swivel Chair: How to Style a Modern Take on the Comfy Seat
Swivel chairs are back in a big way. We’ve gathered some of the best options out there to bring some modern comfort into your home.
The retro swivel chair from the ’70s might have fallen out of fashion and made it harder to find that perfect vintage seat, but don’t worry: A new swivel chairs are here for modern design needs.
Vintage lovers, conversationalists, and readers who need to keep moving will find that swivel chairs have returned to brands nearly everywhere. And trend reports from Stylecaster, Vogue, Havenly, and more call out swivel chairs, especially the oversized variety, as the furniture focal point to add to your space this year.
“In the last few decades, we’ve seen swivels predominantly in office chairs. But, we love that this style is making a comeback in home settings,” says Leah Howatson, head of marketing at Castlery. “The vintage styles of swivel chairs tend to be quite large and bulky. At Castlery, we’ve put a modern spin on the style.”
Clean lines with curved edges, bold and bright colors, and performance fabric that can withstand spills of any kind set the modern swivel chair apart from its predecessor.
This trend isn’t just for style and design points. Howatson also notes it’s a way to stay actively engaged when entertaining.
“Eye contact is such a meaningful way to connect in these hectic times where we are so used to being on our phones,” she says. “The ability to seamlessly twist and swivel facilitates better in-person conversations, especially when you consider that most static living room seats are pointed toward the TV. Swivel chairs are perfect for entertaining, especially in gatherings where people are scattered throughout a room.”
Anthropologie’s website says it simply: “When space is at a premium, savvy seating is a must.”
While my grandmother’s blue-and-white floral swivel chair certainly felt stylish in its day (bonus: it was like a festival ride for a small kid), new 360-degree swivel styles fit in with modern rooms that play with color, pattern, and contemporary shapes.
Feeling like you need your own swivel chair now? Here are a few places where you can find one:
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