We profile the 10 best accent chairs on the market today: perfect for a break from work or kicking back at the end of a hard day.
How about adding a cosy little corner to your workspace – a spot by the window or under a reading lamp, maybe – where you can break away from your desk, read a book or magazine, or just sit and stare at the outside world? In short, a little corner to call your own.
The right accent chair can be a great way to bring this kind of office nook to life. This type of chair adds a touch of natural elegance to a space and provides a sense of warmth and sophistication that contrasts with the intensity and stress of your day-to-day desk work. And in the article below, we've picked ten amazing examples to consider.
From iconic designs revived with modern touches to elegant creations by renowned furniture designers, these wooden accent chairs will elevate your space with their impressive craftsmanship, immense attention to detail and high-quality materials.
This archetypal lounge chair, first produced in 1946, has been lovingly revived to exacting detail for a modern audience. It encapsulates the design traits that the iconic Danish designer Finn Juhl was known for, with a highly structural sensibility and a neatly considered use of material. Measuring 81cm high x 65cm wide x 77cm deep, with a seat height of 41cm, this chair is made from FSC-approved ash, wholly made in Denmark, and upholstered in soft Vita leather certified by Animal Protection Denmark.
2. Boucle & Walnut Armchair by Six The Residence
Upholstered in soft off-white bouclé fabric, sitting on a walnut-stained ash timber frame, this armchair has a unique texture that offers a special look and feel for your office nook. A real one-off that regularly sells out, this chair measures 85cm high x 68cm wide x 85cm deep, with a seat height of 41cm.
3. CH25 armchair by Hans J. Wegner & Carl Hansen
Designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1949, this classic easy chair offers casual comfort, perfect for sitting back with a good book or magazine. Combining a solid wood frame and handwoven seat and back, this unique weave design uses more than 400m of paper cord and takes a skilled weaver eight to 10 hours to complete. No wonder it's been in continuous production since 1950: a testament to Wegner's visionary approach. This chair measures 73cm high x 71cm wide x 73cm deep, with an armrest height of 55 cm and a seat height of 35cm.
4. Herman Lounge Chair, Wood-Bouclé by Ferm Living
This refined lounge chair features a generous base and a gently undulating backrest that wraps around the body for maximum sitting comfort. Elevating its timeless design, this version – produced in collaboration with the Danish Herman Studio – features high-quality upholstery for added comfort and is crafted from FSC mix-certified wood. Manufactured in Latvia, it measures 71cm high x 72.5cm wide x 64.5cm deep, with a seat height of 43cm.
5. CH71 Lounge Chair by Carl Hansen & Son
Reviving a design from 1952, this elegantly crafted armchair by Danish studio Carl Hansen & Son combines artful woodwork and 100% wool upholstery. Every part of its design, from the angular wooden frame to the flowing cushioned curves, creates a refined aesthetic. This chair measures 84cm high x 70cm wide x 70cm deep, with a seat height of 41cm, and the arms and legs are available in a choice of Soaped Oak, Walnut or Black Oak.
6. HAL Lounge Chair & Ottoman by Vitra
This lounge chair, which comes with a complementary Ottoman, is the latest creation from master designer Jasper Morrison. The body is made of a fibreglass-reinforced plastic shell encased in moulded polyurethane foam, with a neck cushion filled with ball and siliconised fibres. Featuring a loose seat cushion filled with polyurethane foam, and a natural oak base, it's upholstered in Nubia fabric and measures 104.5cm high x 74cm wide x 79.5cm deep, with a seat height of 42cm. This chair is made to order in eight weeks.
7. OW149 Colonial Lounge Chair by Carl Hansen & Son
Add a splash of refined elegance to your space with this slender chair designed by Ole Wanscher, one of Denmark's most iconic names in 20th-century architecture and furniture. Its easily-swung armrests rise to an elegant point before descending straight down to the floor, while the cushions soften the design and add an extra layer of luxury. Elsewhere the solid wood frame is available in both oiled oak and soaped oat, the seat is upholstered in Kvadrat Re-wool fabric, and support in the seat is made in handwoven cane work. Measuring 85cm high x 65cm wide x 69cm deep, with a seat height of 46cm, this chair is made to order, and the lead time is currently 19 weeks. (That's a longer-than-usual wait due to the situation in Ukraine.)
8. France Lounge Chair – Leather by House of Finn Juhl
Another timeless chair from House Of Finn Juhl, this mid-century classic was first produced in 1958 and features gorgeous upholstery in prestige cognac leather. The oil-treated dark oiled oak frame completes the luxury feel, and the chair measures 81cm high x 80cm wide x 72cm deep, with a seat height of 38cm. The protective surface finish makes it very durable and entirely smudge-proof, so it's a great choice for anyone on the clumsy side. It's made to order in 12 weeks.
9. Lean Back Lounge Chair by Warm Nordic
Providing a high level of comfort, despite its light frame, this elegant and graceful chair is the perfect place for kicking back. Designed by Arne Hovmand-Olsen, one of Denmark's most renowned furniture designers, it combines a solid white oiled oak or teak frame with a well-proportioned, lovingly upholstered seat and backrest, making for a great combination of aesthetic appeal and laid-back functionality. This chair measures 81cm high x 80cm wide x 72cm deep, with a seat height of 38cm, and is available in various colours and fabrics. It's made to order within ten weeks.
10. Nkuku Atri Occasional Armchair for John Lewis
Who doesn't love a nice weave? The intricately woven cane backing of Nkuku's Atri couples beautifully with its natural mango wood frame, making you instantly think of summer evenings. It's designed with comfort in mind, too, with a deep, padded seat upholstered in linen and comfortable arm supports. And the wood comes from mango trees that have stopped bearing fruit, allowing the farmers to plant more and sustain the environment. This chair measures 70cm high x 75cm wide x 75cm deep, with a seat height of 45cm, and can be delivered in two weeks.