WHAT IS PARSONS CHAIRS?
A distinguished alternative to highly ornamental furniture styles at the time, Parsons dining chairs were initially designed in the 1930s for the Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. The chair's clean lines and simplicity make it a great fit for a wide variety of table styles, as well as its classic yet modern appeal.
Simple and elegant, the Parsons chair is the perfect chair for any home or office. Developed in the 1930s, this chair defied prevailing expectations of ornamentation and carving on fine furniture. The style stood up to the demands of the time. Several types of hardwood were used to construct this chair, which included clean lines, feet that angled slightly, a tall, straight upholstered back, and a seat upholstered and padded. Although most Parson chairs are armless, some were constructed with side pieces extending from the back. It made the chairs very comfortable because the backs and seats were cushioned. In addition to the upholstery giving the chairs an expensive look, homeowners were able to choose patterned fabrics and colors that matched their overall décor.
Traditional tables are particularly well suited for upholstered Parsons chairs. An old-world design takes on a more stately, formal appeal when paired with a Parsons chair's linear look. As a modern alternative to the traditional Parsons chair, exposed legs are now more common for a lighter and more open feel.
A white Parsons chair or a beige Parsons chair are particularly suitable for an industrial table. Natural wood elements are paired with metal detailing, making it an ideal blend of materials and details. By blending in seamlessly with the table, the Parsons chair is both stylish and tailored.
Modern tables and Parsons chairs combine well because of their streamlined silhouettes and sleek profiles. The design of the chair can play off the character of any table, no matter what its shape is - square, round, rectangle - and showcase the table's flair and style.