7 Modern Armchairs For Cool Dads This Father’s Day

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of arriving at home after a long day at work. This Father’s Day, we’re inviting you to take a closer look at 7 designs that maximise that all-important down-time. Crafted in design capitals across Europe, they range from mid-century modern to 21st-century chic, and offer comfort to last the ages. As timeless as they are comfortable, these are the 7 modern armchairs that all cool dads should know about.

Utrecht Armchair by Cassina

The first modern armchair on our list can be found in the home of the King of the Rap, the ever-controversial Kanye West. While he reveres it for its “minimal monastical vibes”, we love it for its sharp, deconstructed lines that add style and rigour to contemporary homes. First designed in 1988 by Gerrit Rietveld, it’s visually striking yet comfy — just be sure to give it some space to work its magic.

Pilot Low Back Armchair by Knoll

The Pilot Low Back Armchair is for men who fly their own flag. It’s sumptuous leather folds emit an immediate sense of comfort, inviting you to sit down and put your feet up. The swivel base cuts a striking silhouette while adding to the overall freedom of the design. Pictured here in classic amber or a variety of funky leathers, it promises to transform lounging into a seriously stylish affair. Did we mention there’s a high-back version too? Swipe for more.

Mart Relax MPRN_1 Lounge Chair by B&B Italia

The Mart Collection by B&B Italia is the result of years of investigation into thermoformed leather. Taking inspiration from the world of luxury footwear, Antonio Citterio created a sculptural silhouette that hugs the body in a deep and comfortable cocoon. Our favourite version is the MPRN_1 Lounge Chair which features a fixed base that allows for two different reclining positions.

Gran Comfort Archibald Armchair by Poltrona Frau

As the name suggests, the Gran Comfort Armchair is an exercise in softness. Ideal for Dad’s who spend a lot of time reading or watching TV, it features a luxurious leather cushion stuffed with rich goose down padding. Its generous proportions are offset by the minimal steel frame in a stylish game of contrasts.

D.153.1 Armchair by Molteni&C

In the acrobatic angles and bespoke upholstery, the D.153.1 Armchair reveals the hand of legendary Italian architect, Gio Ponti. First designed in 1953 for his home in Milan, it captures avant-garde Italian elegance at its finest, inviting la dolce vita into the living room.

Eames Lounge Chair by Vitra

No armchair shortlist would be complete without a mention of Vitra‘s Eames Lounge Chair. An icon since the 50s, it heralded a new era of laid-back living, in which style, comfort and informality reigned supreme. Initially modelled on the old English club chair, it has since surpassed all previous standards of style and longevity, entering into the hall of design fame as one of the world’s most beloved loungers. Purchase one this summer and you’ll receive a complementary Vitra design worth up to £400.

Maggiolina Armchair

Last but not least, a little mid-century magic in the form of Zanotta‘s Maggiolina Armchair. First designed in the late 1940s, it features a curvy steel frame from which a burlap bag is hung, the pockets of which enable the insert of plywood panels and two luxurious goose-padded cushions. It revolutionised the way chairs were conceived and added a new sinuosity to a genre of linear mid-century design.

So which will it be? A mid-century modern armchair or a contemporary Italian icon? Let us know your favourite on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook or come pay a visit to our 25,000 sq ft. showroom where you can find this shortlist and much more on display. 

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