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4 Best armchairs (with ottomans) from Manhattan Home Design

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Jan 4th 2019

4 Best armchairs (with ottomans) from Manhattan Home Design

Buying an armchair is a lonely endeavor (but not in the way you’re thinking). What we mean is that a real armchair is an individual seat, meant for the R&R of one person. You add one more space and you instantly get a loveseat, a place of covenant and leisure for an intimate couple (hence the name). Add even one more seat and you’ll get a regular couch, a three-seater, and so on.

So, there you have it. The armchair is like the minimal unit of living room seating, so it can be a lonely endeavor to go out and purchase one, even if many people use it from time to time. The best mid-century designers understood the essential nature of the armchair, and more importantly, its connection to resting and leisure. Not an office, not any kind of labor (despite what you might see on Mad Men sets).

  • 1.Spiers Armchair & Ottoman ($1,404)

As an added side note, one of the best inventions since the armchair itself is the ottoman. A simple piece of furniture that accompanies the armchair as optional leg support. Science has proven that raising your feet up promotes better circulation and helps you relax even more when you’re sitting down, so the best armchairs in the industry almost always comes with and ottoman.

Suggested Item: Spiers Armchair & Ottoman

As a first example, I’d like to introduce MHD’s first Spiers lounge chair, a Scandinavian classic in rubber wood and polyester with 6-inch cushion padding for an extremely comfortable seating experience. But what we’re loving the most about it is its ottoman: a large, humongous padded rectangle with a wooden base, as wide and long as the armchair itself, and probably just as comfortable as a lone seat.

  • 2.Papa Bear chair and Ottoman ($1,857)

The idea of the Spiers armchair is to let you sink on it and fall asleep, but other armchairs want to evoke a sense of relaxation without leading to sleepiness, kind of like what you would experience on a quiet Sunday morning, reading the newspaper. This feeling is what the Papa Bear chair replica (the original is by Hans Wegner) wants to accomplish.

Suggested Item: Papa Bear Chair &Ottoman

Take a look at the armchair’s natural recline and tall back, much taller than the Spiers. This configuration helps you stay upright while reclining. The ottoman is much smaller, and thinner, because you probably don’t need as much padding or leg support. This chair’s usage is much more casual. Bonus feature: those iconic little wooden handles (they should be on every ottoman like this one).

  • 3.Classic Lounge chair and Ottoman ($994)

Suggested Item: Eames Lounge Chair &Ottoman

As you might already know, the Classic Lounge chair is an award-winning reinterpretation of the iconic Eames Lounge chair with ottoman, and it follows all specifications from the original manufacturer (even though it isn’t certified). I’ll let the chair’s own fame speak for itself on this one.

  • 4.Womb chair and Ottoman ($1,048)

Suggested Item: Womb Chair

The Saarinen Womb chair replica might be our second bestselling armchair with ottoman, evoking the long-lost feel of comfort and protection that only one’s mother can provide. We’re not saying that this chair will be a psychological aid in any case, as other similar chairs with that name have popped up around the internet. Saarinen’s vision was more of a metaphor come to life, and it might not cure your depression but it will certainly do you no harm.

  • 5.Bonus: Response Living Room Set of 2 ($1,486)

Suggested Item: Response Living Room Set

A little MHD bonus for modernist furniture enthusiasts. This beautiful chair acts a little like the Spiers’ quirky sister on the product line. The padding is much more noticeable and tufted, with sloping arms on both the ottoman and the armchair for a unique design. Dressed to impress, most definitely.