Have a Seat with Solo Power

Armchairs, ottomans, recliners, chaises, stools, rocking chairs, beanbags – Inside shows you how the versatile one-seater can turn your living space into a bold décor statement

Issue: Jan 2015

The one-seater, not as clunky as a sofa set, available in so many styles, is a highly versatile piece of furniture that can transform your living space
The one-seater, not as clunky as a sofa set, available in so many styles, is a highly versatile piece of furniture that can transform your living space

The one-seater is the maverick of furniture. This loner, part chair and part décor accessory, is highly versatile. Not as clunky as a sofa set, and available in so many styles, the one-seater, when properly placed, can transform your living space.

Inside shows you five ways to introduce the single-seater into your room for maximum effect.

1. Accentuate Your Room

The red one-seater picks up the colour of the wall and accents on the rug to create an interesting splash of colour in an otherwise muted space
The red one-seater picks up the colour of the wall and accents on the rug to create an interesting splash of colour in an otherwise muted space; Colours on opposing ends of a colour wheel can be used to contrast one another to create accents in the room and guide you in your choice of shades to pick for your single seaters

Think of the one-seater as less of chair and more of a very functional accessory. Because it is smaller than a regular sofa, it can be easily slipped into a room to create an interesting accent. Pick one in a bold hue to create an interesting visual contrast.

A good guide on using colours as accents is to pick a shade on the opposite end of the colour spectrum of your room.

(Left) Atelier Chair by Walter Knoll, a leather and steel statement piece; (right) quirkily-shaped Seating Stones by Ben van Berkel
(Left) Create an interesting focal point in your room with the Atelier Chair by Walter Knoll, a leather and steel statement piece; (right) or the quirkily-shaped Seating Stones by Ben van Berkel that can accommodate your body shape whether sitting or lounging
Photo credit: Proof Living

Use the one-seater as a conversation piece. Buy one with an interesting design, shape, style or material that stands out from the rest of the room.

Single-seaters give you a lot of variety when picking statement pieces
Whether for its form like the flower-shaped Bellows (right), or for its fabric like (left) Juliet’s rich upholstery that draws inspiration from the embroidery of women’s bodices, single-seaters give you a lot of variety when picking statement pieces
Photo credit: Proof Living

2. Enhance Eclectic Eccentricities

Just because the pieces are placed in the same room does not mean they all have to match. Sometimes, mixing and matching adds more dimension to a room’s décor. One of the best ways to have an eclectic mix in any room is to get a few single chairs instead of buying a complete sofa set.

The Pennie Chair (S$1099) can be put together with chairs that have the same hue of blue in the fabric to give the items cohesion
The Pennie Chair (S$1099) can be put together with chairs that have the same hue of blue in the fabric to give the items cohesion
Photo credit: Crate and Barrel

There are, of course, certain rules to mixing and matching to ensure your house does not look like a furniture store. One is colour. Go ahead, pick different types of chairs for your room and throw them together, but make sure to have colours or other elements in common to pull the look together.

If you want to play with myriad colours, then keep to one shape, style or material. You can also play with chairs that have the same motif in finishes or fabric. The key is to have at least one constant as you mix and match.

3. Create Cosy Corners

Place a pair of Maui armchairs (left) made of scented cedar wood; The Atrium Chaise (right) by Jacques Garcia makes for a perfect place
Place a pair of Maui armchairs (left) made of scented cedar wood in the garden or on the balcony to create a conversation corner or a niche for contemplation; The Atrium Chaise (right) by Jacques Garcia makes for a perfect place to lounge and read whether placed in the bedroom or the living room
Photo credit: Proof Living

Use the single-seater to create additional chill-out spaces in the room. A pair of armchairs on the balcony, for example, can turn the area into a perfect spot for quiet contemplation.

A chaise in the corner of a room can become the perfect place to lounge with a good book or a cup of afternoon tea.

(Left) Have a nice long chat in this quiet corner with a single-seater; (Right) A single chair beneath the stairs can transform an empty space
(Left) Have a nice long chat in this quiet corner with a single-seater next to your telephone; (Right) A single chair beneath the stairs can transform an empty space into a useful place

A single chair beside a telephone table can turn the place into a cosy corner for conversations.

4. Maximise Space

The Ghost (left) is a barely-there glass chair that will hardly takes up much space; the sculptured design of Joey (right) makes it a space-saver
Like its name, the Ghost (left) is a barely-there glass chair that will hardly takes up much space; likewise, the sculptured design of Joey (right) makes it a space-saver
Photo credit: Proof Living

In tight spaces where a full sofa set cannot fit comfortably, the single-seater can be a real space-saver. Pick more streamline styles for the uncluttered look.

The Ottoman (Stripes) Ginosa S$239) makes a good addition to the room because it is easy to move around and saves space
The Ottoman (Stripes) Ginosa S$239) makes a good addition to the room because it is easy to move around and saves space
Photo credit: Courts

Single seats are also useful if you want to continually reconfigure the space because they are so much easier to move around. Have a couple of beanbags ready for when a number of guests drop by. An ottoman or two is much lighter to shift around than an entire sofa. When you don’t need them anymore, you can stash them away more easily, too.

5. Form and Function

Because the single-seater comes in so many styles, it can serve several functions. A rocking chair, for example, can make a welcomed addition to the nursery for mum to soothe a finicky baby or for grandpa to snooze on at the porch. An armchair doubles up as a great nursing chair because its arms provide just the right support for a mum cradling her child.

The Royce Recliner (S$2199) makes for a wonderful place for a mid-day nap
The Royce Recliner (S$2199) makes for a wonderful place for a mid-day nap
Photo credit: Crate and Barrel

Recliners make for a wonderful place for a mid-day nap and a private sanctuary. Chairs that swivel allow for flexibility and an easy change of angles without shifting the entire piece of furniture.

The single-seater is a singularly interesting piece of furniture. Play around with different styles, colours, designs and materials and discover the power of the solo seat for yourself.

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