The boucle accent chair is designed to curl your body in its soft yet inviting textile. Boucle chairs have surged in popularity for modern designed homes. They were derived from exquisite designs from the late 1940s. Bouclé is pronounced (boo-clay) after the looped or curly woven yarn fabric. The most popular color is ivory (or off-white/cream) but there are designs in other palettes. If you're seeking the best chair for your home decor, read more as we have all the information you need to know plus great recommendations on where to buy bouclé chairs!
The history of Boucle Accent Chairs
If you've ever pondered what is a boucle chair? We must start with its origins. Bouclé in French means “curled” or “ringed,” describing the fabric. Wool is the most practical application but we have seen other textiles such as cotton, linen, or silk be used to achieve the looped style. It's a versatile fabric used in not only furniture but window treatments and throws.
Florence Knoll commissioned the design of a chair that she could "really curl up in." She was offered something that checked the box of pillowy soft, yet durable, and fashionably transcending in the same breath.
The fabric became iconic when Finnish-American architect, Eero Saarinen, used it in his Womb Chair in 1946. The Womb Chair was meant to symbolize the comfort we all felt in our mother's womb- a place of careful relaxation. "It was designed on the theory that a great number of people have never really felt comfortable and secure since they left the womb. The chair is an attempt to rectify this maladjustment in our civilization." Saarinen further explained.
The boucle fabric transformed it to “a chair that was like a basket full of pillows.” The material has made memorable comebacks throughout the decades including when First Lady Jackie Kennedy wore it in her infamous pink tweed Chanel skirt suit. Princess Diana, too, wore a pastel green version of the iconic suit. The boucle accent chair has been featured in films too including 'The Moon is Blue,' 'Down With Love,' 'Torch Song,' and 'Widows.'
In fact, Saarinen and Knoll consulted shipbuilders at the time for inspiration on the legs which are made of durable steel. Popular contemporary designs feature gorgeous brushed brass finishes. Some boucle chairs feature swivel bases for added functionality and easily turn to the perfect position, regardless of where the sofa or coffee table may reside.
Boucle Chairs transcends time
The boucle accent chair expresses the ultimate statement in modern home decor furnishings. And although it has been trending in contemporary designs lately, it is a timeless classic. What was a modern staple of decor in the mid 20th century still holds true today. You cannot go wrong with the selection. The material is not limited to accent chairs but extends to elegant stools and luxurious couches.
How do you clean a Boucle Chair or Couch?
Worried about the light ivory color or the wool material? Don't fret, the fabric is treated with a stain-repellent finish to deter staining. Plus it can easily be cleaned with water-based cleaning solutions.
For routine cleaning, we suggest regular vacuuming with the proper attachments to avoid pilling. For stains, tackle them immediately because the longer they fester, the harder they may be to clean. For cleaning stains, first test with a water-based solvent on a discreet area. Next, treat with small amounts and repeat. Avoid larger concentrated amounts. Do not use heat on textiles as it can root stains. Avoid oversaturating the fabric and do not use bleach as it will discolor the material over time.
Where to buy a Boucle Accent Chair
There are several places to purchase, however, you can rest assured the best place to buy is at The Home Decor Lounge. A luxe online home decor store offering high-quality pieces in home accents, lighting, rugs, wall art, and furniture. We are a dedicated team of home decor enthusiasts with the mission to provide high-end pieces which match your lifestyle. Shop our various styles:
Sloane Swivel Boucle Accent Chair
The Sloane Swivel Boucle Accent Chair is the perfect addition to your living space. Cozy and contemporary, this elegantly curved swivel chair features a stylish cream-colored bouclé fabric with an eye-catching brass base for that extra flair you're looking for! Combine it with the Sloane Sofa for a complete look.
Nikol Swivel Boucle Chair
The elegant and calming Nikol Swivel Boucle Chair is perfect for anyone who wants the feel of an expensive resort without actually leaving their home. A beautifully upholstered cream-colored bouclé fabric covers this simple but stylish chair, making it look like a million bucks in any room!
Markard Bouclé Chair
A timeless design that will add a touch of modernity to any home, the Markard Bouclé Chair is perfect for use as either an armless lounge or bedroom piece. The sleek frame and simple upholstery are accented with brass finish details making it easy on the eyes while still maintaining its stylish appeal throughout every day.
Barton Boucle Accent Chair
The sleek and stylish design of this sloped accent chair will make you fall in love with it right away! The cream upholstery is perfect for any room, while the black feet add an element of edgy elegance.
Tatiana Swivel Ivory Boucle Chair
This stylish and luxurious piece is perfect, with its bouclé cream upholstery and brass-finished base! The Streamline Moderne design style of this beauty comes from an international art deco era that features soft curves coupled with long horizontal lines.
Olympia Art Deco Bouclé Accent Chair
The fabulous accent chair radiates with a touch of decadence. The distinctive silhouette is derived from Streamline Moderne, an international art-decorative design style that was popular in the 1930s and characterized by soft curving forms combined with long horizontal lines to create this captivating look for your home! Finish the look with the matching sofa...
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