10 Easy Pieces: Classic Upholstered Arm Chairs

One of life’s necessities: A good upholstered arm chair for reading, sprawling, and dozing. Here are our nominations for best classic off-the-floor upholstered armchairs; we’ve purposely sorted for scale, favoring slimmer dimensions over space-hogging behemoths.

Pinch Goddard Armchair Above: From Pinch in the UK, the Goddard Armchair comes in a range of upholstery options; £3,060 at Pinch.
John Derian Frittilaria Chair Above: The Fritillaria Chair by New York-based decoupage artist John Derian is based on an original Napoleon III-style pair of chairs; $3,030 in Belgian Linen.
Cisco Home Sebastian Chair Above: Another style from Cisco Home, the Sebastian Chair, shown in Tori Indigo, comes in a full range of Cisco upholstery fabrics; $2,965 at Cisco Home.
Serena Lily Elm Chair Above: The Serena & Lily Elm Chair is an update on the classic wingback style; $2,698 at Cisco Home.
Schoolhouse Jack Chair Blue Wool Above: The Jack Chair in Blue Wool is $1,999 at Schoolhouse
Vesper Armchair Above: At Design Within Reach, the Vesper Armchair comes in a whole host of colors and fabric choices; starting at $2,895.
Ochre Snooze Chair Stool Above: The Ochre Snooze Chair is made with a traditionally upholstered beech frame, double cone springs, and cushions with piping. Contact Ochre for more information.
Mr Olsen Lounge Chair Hans Olsen Above: Designed by Hans Olsen for Warm Nordic, the Mr Olsen Lounge Chair comes in 8 different velvet upholstery fabrics; $3,220 at Danish Design Store.
Matthew Hilton SCP Oscar Armchair Above: Designed by Matthew Hilton for SCP, the Oscar Armchair is the largest on our list but noteworthy for its elegant proportions and upholstery fabrics. Prices start at $3,790 at The Future Perfect.
Raleigh Armchair Above: Inspired by midcentury Danish design, the Raleigh Armchair is $4,095 at Design Within Reach.
Maiden Home Dune Chair Above: From new company Maiden Home, the Dune Chair is $1,425.

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