When you come across chairs in the course of your daily life you pretty quickly figure out there a few styles and designs that pop up over and over again that you really like and want to have in your house.
But when you start hunting for one, you don’t know what to call it, so you either try to describe it in the search bar or scroll through websites until you’re bleary-eyed.
There is an easier way.
Many chairs have a name attached to their design, maybe even one you’ve heard before but didn’t know which it belonged to. Some are widely known or self-evident, like Adirondack or rocking, but others are better known to interior design junkies than the average consumer.
These are a few of the classic designs you might want to be able to identify before you start shopping.
If you’re a traditionalist, you probably want this chair. The elegant but approachable upholstered style has been around for about 300 years. It’s formal enough, especially in velvet, to set a high bar for a stately living room and cushy enough to be welcome in a den, bedroom or anywhere else you might want to kick back.
This one has been jumping back into vogue this year, with its combination of strong, sleek tubing for support and more homespun woven cane or rattan for the seating. It’s pretty perfectly tuned to our current sensibilities but no spring chicken either, first hitting the market just before the Depression.
An enveloping midcentury icon that pulls in the edges of the traditional wingback chair, the Egg is a trademarked design sold by furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen for more than $9,000, but much more affordable versions can be found.
Not to be confused with the cane-framed hanging chairs also called egg chairs.
These transparent plastic chairs are very easy to overlook, but once you see how versatile they are in indoor and outdoor settings you’ll want to remember these modern thrones molded on the outline of Louis XVI chairs circa 1700.