Kelly Wearstler's yellow leather dome chairs at the chic but crap-service BG Cafe at Bergdorf Goodman. Head here if only to see the stellar design, just avoid the truck driver-like hostess manning the door.
I am having a little obsession of late…
No, it’s not martinis and rose wine, snarky little blog followers. It’s the dome chair. And, yes, Kelly Wearstler has tackled the dome chair ad nauseum, but I am still inspired. For I want to use loads and loads of patterns upon the dome and not give it the standard Axel Vervoordt treatment that you’d find at the revamped Restoration Hardware…
A very boring version of the dome chair at Restoration Hardware. If I wanted to sit in burlap, I'd become a farmer and move to the steppes of Russia.
Nor do I want it to be La Kelly’s yellow leather dome chairs that sit front and center at the very attitude-y BG Cafe at Bergdorf Goodman. If you seek bad service and a mean-as-all-getup hostess manning the front door, just head for this cafe (either here or Fred’s at Barneys, but Fred’s has no good chairs just lousy service). BG Cafe looks good, but something’s rotten at the core, sadly.
No, let’s make this a dome chair that’s absolutely delicious and packed with color and wonderful welting. Let’s tear up a patchwork quilt or use several crazy-ass Clarence House patterns to take this chair to another level. The dome chair was originally crafted to ward off drafts in those massive chateaux in the 18th century; let’s now use the chair to ward off boredom and ennui.
Why not "do" up the Restoration Hardware dome chair with this fabulous Mougins pattern from Clarence House. Add a bright yellow or aqua welting, and voila! Magic.
The Jules et Jim pattern from Clarence House would also be amazing on a dome chair. Add an orange welt for a kicky, citrus-hued crush.
OK, so I already posted an image of this dome chair that I spotted on North La Cienega in West Hollywood, but I wanted to run the image again to show how you can take a burlap sack and give it magic. Look at these fabulous fabrics. They take the dome chair from cozy to kick-ass crazy.