Sitting Pretty

Designers’ Favorite Occasional Chairs



Duralee’s Riverside Chair

Friends and family are coming for the holidays, and you need more seating than usual! Occasional chairs offer a stylish addition to your interiors, plus are easily relocated to wherever guests are gathering. Six savvy designers share their favorites.

“The biscuit tufting and exposed wood frame of Duralee’s Riverside chair offers mid-century modern style. Dressed in chic cream, this stylish design has great lines and is totally comfortable.” —Susan Glick, Susan Glick Interiors, Westport

Mar Silver

“These iconic “Series 7” occasional chairs are antiques circa 1960's, originally by Arne Jacobson. The coveted design offers comfortable form and a chic look. Reupholstered with cowhide, they feel contemporary and sophisticated.” —Mar Silver, Mar Silver Design, Westport

Olga Adler

“My go-to occasional chair is the Louis Ghost armchair by Kartell. It says, ‘I know my classics but I’m entirely modern.’ Plus, it’s totally comfortable! The compact design naturally blends into any environment. It makes a statement without making a scene.” —Olga Adler, Olga Adler Interiors, Westport

Corey Tippin

“In my business as an antique dealer I am always flirting with chairs. The occasional category rarely escapes my attention. They are light enough to move easily and allow lots of options for upholstery and finishes, like my most recent favorites, seen at The Antique & Artisan Center in Stamford. The painted green and gilt frames are upholstered in Brunschwig & Fils, "Cheetah.” Occasional chairs are full of personality and encourage guests to be the same!” Corey Grant Tippin, Corey Tippin Style, Stamford

Lynn Scalo

The Emma Side Chair and Arm Chair from Julian Chichester sport curvy lines and stylish legs. “With a touch of added comfort, extra guests will feel extra special! It’s just the touch to put them in a festive mood!” —Lynne Scalo, Lynne Scalo Design, Westport

Sam Allen

"I love the Brousse Chair by Christian Liaigre because of its size and design. It can look totally different depending on what it's upholstered with, and looks just as ‘right’ in a bedroom as it does in the living room." —Sam Allen, Sam Allen Interiors, Westport

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