365 Objects Of Design

French Connection Home Collection

17th August 2016

I’m including this in the August updates series because some of these pieces have gone on sale since I first posted about them. That red leather chair for one…..

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It is a little known fact that red is actually a brilliant neutral. Fashiony people are often singing the praises of the red handbag on the basis that it will actually go with a lot more than you think. An all black outfit is given a little bit of zing with a red bag or red shoes. Even, at its very basic, a slick of red lipstick can work wonders. I am so convinced by this that the other day I nearly did buy a red bag. I bottled it at the last minute as I was wearing an olive green top and panicked I would look like a Christmas tree so I went for burgundy instead, but I definitely left a little bit of my heart behind with the red bag in the shop.

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So imagine my joy then when I saw this red leather dining chair and matching bar stool from the new French Connection Home collection. I have said before that I think FC have a really strong team in the homewares department and I am really really ( I mean REALLY) tempted to buy a red bar stool to sit next to my black kitchen cupboards. Or even a red chair. The other one is navy not black by the way, although as my cupboards are painted Railings, which can look navy in some lights, that might even go as well.

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There was a small fracas in The Mad House at the weekend over this chair above. I really want a new, small leather chair for the library. Himself does not agree. I want the chair above. He wants a pair of the chair below. He really likes the one below. I really like the one above. We’re not not speaking but we are currently not speaking of chairs.

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Mind you I didn’t show him this next chair, which I also like. Perhaps we shall spend ALL our money on chairs. One small leather and two of these as compromise. I’m not even sure why I typed that. It ain’t gonna happen.

Chairs though. I love chairs. And they’re expensive because they’re hard to make. I haven’t even shown him the one I really like from Anthropologie. Mies van der Rohe (him wot made the Barcelona) said that it’s almost easier to build a skyscraper than a chair. And he should know.

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Funnily enough I sat in a Barcelona chair for the first time the other week. Now it’s a piece I have always admired for its shape and design but I have always thought it looks so uncomfortable that I can’t imagine why anyone would want one.

Then I sat in one. Oh. My (to coin a phrase) God. So comfortable. Now I get it. Now I want one. Mind you for the price of one of those I could probably have about 12 of these French connection chairs.

And I only want three. Bargain. Now where’s my credit card?

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What do you think of these chairs? Would you be tempted by red leather?

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  • Edward Martin 17th August 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Do you know where there brass floor lamp is from on the fourth image? Looks fantastic!

  • Rebecca Gillmore 17th August 2016 at 10:13 am

    Ahh, you say your kitchen cupboards are in Railings. My new kitchen is also Railings. But I am really struggling with a wall colour to go with it…what did you use?

  • Monica 17th August 2016 at 10:10 am

    I have lusted over the Barcelona chair forever, but it never seemed right for my interior which was always partial to the XVIIIth century….I know, I know, pretty schizophrenic, but there it is. Now that I’m almost 61, I’m tempted to say, the hell with it, and get on with the mélange!

  • Shamima Begum 17th August 2016 at 9:08 am

    Wow, the red really does compliment the navy blue perfectly. I didn’t mean to betray you, but I’ll have to go with the chair your husband choose I absolutely love it!

  • Fiona duke 22nd March 2016 at 9:00 am

    Love the leather chair but not sold on your hubbies choice I have to say. The wooden frame one seems a good compromise on the two but stick to your guns. That leather one is a keeper !
    Re red: kids have this colour in their rooms as it’s quite vibrant for them against their clutter but have to say not a colour I’ve gone to in ages for me personally……… Must change mindset……

  • Daisy 22nd March 2016 at 8:20 am

    I adore a flash of red, but it has to be a scarlet red to make me happy! Those chairs!

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