Sitting Pretty: 15 Fabulous Swivel Chairs
Invented by Thomas Jefferson, swivel chairs first came into fashion in the middle of the last century, during the golden age of the office. Today, the office as we knew it may well be on the way out, but swivel chairs — comfortable, versatile, mobile — are in, in a big way. Dainty or dramatic, commanding or casual, there’s a look to match virtually every kind of interior space and any mood, from conversational to contemplative. With so many options, we’ve done the hard work and picked 15 of the best, from the best designers and design firms in the world. Take a spin!
Flint Lounge Armchair by Cor
Designers Jehs + Laub imagined their Flint Lounge Armchair as a sculpture, cutting out “all that is superfluous.” The result is a delicate occasional chair that marries comfort and chic good looks, with a body made from a single piece that unfolds elegantly from the circular base, which is available on gliders or a rotating plate.
Hana Amrchair by Moooi
Simone Bonanni’s Hana is so much more than an armchair — it’s “mindfulness made tangible in the shape of a chair,” a cocoon of softness that invites you to nestle into your own space, away from the noise of the world, and indulge in a moment of contemplation and ultimate relaxation. Sculptured around the human body, and its need to be pampered and embraced for long stretches of time, Hana’s generous curves allow for hours of lounging in comfort.
Bloom Easy Armchair by Kenneth Cobonpue
Inspired by a delicate blossom, Bloom packs a powerful visual punch — which is what has made designer Kenneth Cobonpue a favorite with celebrity clients ranging from Hollywood “royalty” like Brad Pitt to real royalty, including Queen Rania of Jordan and Queen Sophia of Spain. Composed of hundreds of fine running stitches that radiate from the center of the seat, Bloom features handmade microfiber stitched over a fiberglass-reinforced top which sprouts from a revolving base made of steel.
All Around Armchair by Giorgetti
From the Masters of the Art of Shaping, Giorgetti, comes this softly alluring armchair, “reminiscent of a paradise island lapped by the sea.” Embodying classic Made in Italy style, Ludovica & Roberto Palomba’s All Around delivers endless hours of comfort with a truly fashionable flair.
Bart Swivel Chair by Moooi
Moooi Works and Bart Schilder reinterpret the rounded shapes and sumptuousness of the Rococo style for today, adding pleasure and softness to the classic silhouette, along with features like full circular motion, for extra comfort. The result is an armchair with the unique character of an heirloom and the freshness of modern design: exclusive, daring, and playful.
The Lounger Armchair by BD Barcelona
Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon brings his signature creativity to the iconic swivel chair with The Lounger, an armchair that is at once classic and modern, elegant and utterly comfortable. The sleek base is made of tubular steel, with the back and seat made of walnut plywood, which can be stained, varnished, or lacquered to a specific color to complement the fabric or leather upholstery.
Clipper Armchair by Marelli
Designed By Stefano Gallizioli, Clipper is a versatile and refined armchair, available in two different backrest heights, without a base or with metal or wooden base. Stylish and comfortable, in leather or fabric, Clipper fits perfectly into any residential or contract environment.
Creus Armchair by Riva 1920
Crafted from a single block of aromatic cedar, Pininfarina’s striking Creus chair is distinguished by its enveloping and ergonomic body, with a continuous line from the seat to the back, and simple base with tubular leg and iron plate. Cushions in fabric or leather with exposed stitching available on request. Made from completely natural leather and hand-finished without the addition of any treatment, movements, cracks and changes in the appearance of the wood are intrinsic characteristics resulting from natural settlement and environmental conditions.
Elain Armchair by Molteni&C
Cozy and curvaceous, Vincent Van Duysen’s Elain fits easily into any setting. Consisting of just two parts, the seat and backrest come together to form a perfectly rounded seat and welcoming arms, while the swivel base features a position reset.
Josephine Small Armchair by Meridiani
Add a touch of style and softness to your seating arrangement with Andrea Parisio’s Josephine, available in smooth and quilted versions. A comfortable and practical swivel base ensures the greatest versatility. Available in stripe padded quilted cover with vertical stitching.
Kensington Armchair High Back by Molteni&C
Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni, Kensington features an all-in-one frame, generous armrests, ergonomic seat, enveloping lines, and calibrated proportions that are ideal for sinking back and relaxing. Available in leather or fabrics from the Molteni&C collection.
Opium Armchair by Porada
At Porada, “everything’s born from the love of the wood,” and P. Salvade’s Opium armchair features a gorgeous base in solid canaletta walnut. The frame, seat, and cushions can be covered in different fabrics from the collection.
Voyage Armchair by Henge
Designed by Massimo Castagna, Voyage features a heavy-duty, curved steel pipe frame with a shell in woven laser-cut leather. The result is a piece of furniture with a presence of its own, one that lives and ages, developing its own unique patina and personality.
Velis 942/Plag Swivel Chair by Potocco
Compact and welcoming, designer Mario Ferrarini’s Velis lounge is distinguished by the details of the armrest, in ash or Canaletto walnut, where the base and seat meet; a distinctive aesthetic element of the entire collection.
Tilt Armchair by Giorgetti
Designed By M2ATELIER and inspired by nautical style, Tilt is characterized by an ergonomic system that creates a faint, pleasant rocking movement and 360° rotation. The base is walnut Canaletto wood; the upholstery is available in fabric or leather in single or contrasting colors.