Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Butterfly Chair

The Butterfly chair- Elle Blogg (via 79ideas)

I'd like to talk to you about a big crush of mine lately. It is this one piece of furniture that, despite the fact that it's been around for more than 7 decades (with its origins literally dating back centuries), is still a stylish and practical addition to any sort of decorated interiors, from a neo rustic living room to a scandinavian styled bedroom or a eclectic retro home office. Ladies and gents, welcome the butterfly chair!

Scandinavian interiors with the typical black and white contrast spiced up by the camel leather of the butterfly chair.

Above: Swooning over the amazing scandinavian interiors with the typical black and white contrast spiced up by the camel leather of the butterfly chair. (image via Svenska Mäklarhuset

A little background. The Butterfly chair, or BKF chair, was designed in 1938 in Buenos Aires by Antonio Bonet, Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy. It consists of a folding hairpin frame and a single piece of cloth sling for seating. There are countless replicas and remakes of the original Butterfly chair, with all sorts of alterations, fabrics and prices. My pick is the camel leather (I have a thing about camel leather seating lately) one as it is probably the most eclectic of them all, with the tanned hue to complement a various choice of decor styles and interior palettes. The darker tone alternatives from deep brown to a glam ebony black are pretty cool too. Actually, I would love to get a leather butterfly chair for my own home, in whatever hue, as soon as I can fit it in my tight home decor ever expanding budget.

The Butterfly chair- Black on black in Stella Harasek's design.

Above: Black on black in Stella Harasek's design. (image via sfgirlbybay)

The Butterfly chair- A great example of how to do cozy in Jenn Hannotte's living room. (image via The Marion House Book)

Above: A great example of how to do cozy in Jenn Hannotte's living room. (image via The Marion House Book)

What I mostly love about this chair is that it is super cozy to sit on and a piece of cake to move around or hide away, as opposed to any other typical armchair. And my favorite accessory to pair with? A cushy white sheepskin throw to make things even warmer and cozier!

The Butterfly chair- Room designed by Jarlath Mellet via Lonny

Above: Just the necessaries. A cushy bed, a couple of frames on the wall and a camel leather butterfly chair. (room designed by Jarlath Mellet via Lonny)

Here's my roundup of where to buy one in case you're interested.

*The World Market has its camel leather butterfly chair on sale for only $99. Too bad it's not sold online!

*Love the hand stitched edge details of the 1938 leather butterfly chair in CB2 ($339).

*A handmade butterfly chair with wooden frame inspired by the Roman Empire by Lifestyle by Cara ($325).

*An all black cotton butterfly chair is a great budget friendly alternative to the leather one. I like this one by Hammock King for only $64.99.

*And, of course, you can always buy the original Butterfly Chair here.

The Butterfly chair- Eclectic vintage and thrift interiors at Dusty Deco. (image by Martin Lof)

Above: Eclectic vintage and thrift interiors at Dusty Deco. (image by Martin Lof)

The Butterfly chair- image by Armelle Habib for Inside Out via Desire to Inspire

Above: Paired with a small accent table for hours of long reading. I see an ottoman or foot stool missing there, however.. (image by Armelle Habib for Inside Out via Desire to Inspire).


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Top image via Elle Blogg (via 79ideas).

4 comments :

  1. I understand your crush completely! It's such a beautiful design and I only have to look at these photos to see that it pretty much fits everywhere.

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  2. I swear, these chairs are the most comfortable thing ever!! I could lounge in it all day with a cut of tea and a good book :) I love how these photos just show how easy it could work in any room! xo

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