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The 20 Best Reading Chairs for Every Design Style
Time to catch up on your summer reading list.
At the end of a long day, we all look forward to kicking back and unwinding—often, that involves cracking open a good book. In order to fully appreciate this all-important ritual, though, you’ll need a place to cozy up beforehand. We’d recommend an armchair that’s both comfy to perch in and gorgeous to look at, bearing in mind that different colors and styles will suit different homes and tastes. It’s a personal choice but an important one, as we all enjoy more time away from the workplace during summer vacations and more time with our favorite books.
Of course, interior designers are thinking about their reading list as well and already have a few favorite chairs and sofas picked out as their go-to’s. “This summer, my little patio in San Francisco is a sunny respite away from screens!” says Noz Nozawa, principal and owner of Noz Design. “I’m catching up on my shelter and food magazines—at the top of my pile is Whetstone’s latest volume—from my heated concrete Galanter + Jones Helios Metreo sofa.”
Others are using the time away from home to indulge in feel-good reads. “I took a break from business help books and read Hello, Molly! on my vacation this July,” says Kristen Rivoli of Kristen Rivoli Interior Design. “I read it lounging by the St. Lawrence River in New York’s sunny Thousand Islands, and it couldn’t have been a more perfect setting.”
Here, we’ve rounded up 20 of the best reading chairs—from classic leather silhouettes to supple, cozy bouclé options—for you to catch up on all things literary.