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Astrid Predicts: Clam Chair

Astrid’s been looking at all the data to figure out what will be hot and what’s on its way out in the coming months.  She’s been searching high and low through our newest arrivals, and she’s got more predictions on what’s going to be big this year.  As the predictions roll in we’re going to let you know about them and explain why Astrid feels thinks each trend will soon be seen everywhere.  Today we’re going to take a look at the Clam Chair.

The Inspiration

The Clam Chair is heavily inspired by the Muslingestole chair, originally designed in 1944 for the retail store NY Form A/S, in Copenhagen.  The chair got its name from its gently rounded shape that resembles an open clam shell. Its curves are highlighted by the club-shaped legs and arms.  The chair was made inexpensively and in mass ­quantities before falling into obscurity. At one point so little was known about the chair that its design was misattributed to a few different designers before the actual creator was finally identified in 2013.

The Designer

We now know that the designer of the original Clam Chair was Philip Arctander.  Unfortunately we don’t know too much else about him. He was a Danish architect who’s best known for his work on affordable housing.  He worked as an independent architect from 1939 through 1947 and designed a few pieces of furniture (including the Muslingestole) during this time.

In the Home

This simple, stylish chair not only looks great, but is wonderful to sit in.  The Clam Chair is perfectly curved for comfort making it an ideal addition to both living spaces and libraries/studies.  If you don’t think it’s cozy enough on its own, an artfully draped faux fur throw or shaggy throw pillow will up the comfort and chicness.  While the chair has clear mid-century modern influences, its clean design lends it an air of timelessness that will look just as good in  transitional or contemporary spaces as modern ones.

The Clam Chair is going to be popular because it has a versatile style but will make a statement in any room.  It looks stunning in person and is unique enough to stand out without being over the top. Do you think you’ll add the Clam Chair to your home?  Do you think agree with Astrid that this chair is going to be the next big thing? We’d love to hear what you think in the comments.

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