18 Great Armchairs To Put On Your Wishlist

A singular armchair is one of the most transformative furniture pieces you can add to any space. Small enough not to overpower a space, but large enough to make an impact, this is the sort of ‘hero’ item that encourages experimenting with bold colour and interesting shapes in your living room.

The Design Files Directory houses all our favourite armchairs in one destination. From timeless mid-century designs to modern statement chairs, discover the best style of armchair to suit your next home refresh!

Amelia Barnes
Amelia Barnes
14th of March 2024

Armchairs are the finishing touch every living room needs for extra seating, comfort, and style.

Regardless of the design or size of your home, there’s an armchair to suit in our Design Directory.

Explore some of our favourite pieces and trends of the moment across this curated edit of 18 armchairs, and search the Directory to see more!

Mid-century designs

You know a piece of furniture is truly timeless when it’s been manufactured for almost 90 years. The Little Petra Armchair VB1 designed by architect Viggo Boesen was initially introduced back and is still being produced today by &Tradition.

The Featherston Curl Up Chair is another piece that offers supreme comfort thanks to its extreme curved wings. Originally designed circa 1953 by Grant Featherston and now made in Melbourne by Grazia&Co, this is an iconic piece of local furniture.


Bring the relaxed energy of the 1970s into your living room with a slouchy and sculptural armchair. Think exaggerated sculptural forms that prioritise comfort and are low to the ground – the classic Togo Fireside Chair from DOMO is the ultimate example of this.

These oversized, 1970s-inspired designs are the furniture equivalent of hug (as the name of the Sarah Ellison Huggy Occasional Chair implies) with their cocooning arms and enhanced by earthy and tactile fabrics.

Plush + textural

As a standalone item, armchairs don’t need to closely ‘match’ other furniture in the room, so they are the ideal piece of furniture to experiment with colour and texture.

Right now we’re seeing contemporary designs in a huge variety of fabrics, from boucle to corduroy, velvet, and even terracotta — the latter on display in the unique New Volumes Cove Chair designed by Thomas Coward.

Choose from statement chairs and those that combine comfort and aesthetics such as the Ligne Roset Pumpkin Swivelling Armchair. As its name suggests, this armchair references the appearance of a giant pumpkin that welcomes the user with its voluptuous shell

Contemporary + luxe

Designer armchairs of the moment are a combination of plush oversized shapes begging to be sat in, and finely detailed minimalist items that serve as a piece of art when not in use.

Sink into Jardan’s range of deep armchairs all made in Melbourne and encased in soft upholstery. The floating form of the Jardan Leeroy Armchair exudes elegance and features subtle detail that can be seen from every angle.

Want to see more? Visit The Design Directory to discover our top picks in furniture, lighting, rugs and more!

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