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The 10 Most Coveted Corner Chairs

Elle Decor January 2008

The 10 Most Coveted Corner Chairs

Susan Bednar Long & Christina Sullivan cozy up to these surprisingly versatile seats.

Christian Sullivan left, and Busan Bednar Long of New York Tocar Interior Design try out corner chairs by Thomas Pheasent left, and Andree Putman.
Corner chairs are a room’s visual sorbet, a jolt of energy in the familiar upholstery landscape. Some have asymmetrical profiles that resemble truncated sofas, while others recall a bergere whose twists away from it’s legs.

No matter the style, it’s a corner chair unconventional but charming persona that distinguishes it from it’s more common peers. Despite the name, a corner chair isn’t meant to be a wallflower. And it’s profile is merely from following function – old –time courtiers needed a seat tat would allow them to settle down while packing a sword at their side. Today the corner chair’s diamondlike shape guarantees a tidy fit in a home’s petite nooks and awkward spaces, but you would be remiss to exile it to the sidelines. Its curious good looks deserve a spot in the living room lime light, where that distinctive silhouette can shine in singular splendor. Solo, corner chairs offer occasional seating, toggling between playing the innocent bystander and being the object of attention.

But whether standing alone, dramatically flanking a fireplace, or perching at a window’s vista, for instance, their curved or angled back make the veritable building blocks, allowing for conversations groupings or, if arranged cleverly, an impromptu vis-à-vis.

Susan Bednar Long and Christina Sullivan, founders of the New York interior design firm Tocar, Came up with even more uses. Here, they settledown with ten charming corners chairs worthy of taking center stage.

“This partnership exemplifies LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotel’s level of commitment to creating an alternative to traditional luxury hotels,' said Carns, who pointed out that many of today’s upscale hotels are defined by ornate decor. “We are willing to think outside the box and turn our trust over to the people who really know design to create the alternative.'

Katie Wilmeth, The Examiner