The History of Parsons Dining Chair

Nov 5th

A parson’s chair is a special type of upholstered dining chair. The name of parsons dining chair has nothing to do with the clergy. The chair was named for its origin – was created in Paris in the 1930s, by a designer in the famous Parsons School of Design When designing the chair.

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The parsons dining chair is almost always crafted of wood and features a slightly curved, square back and legs. They are generally characterized with slipcover upholstery that fully covers your legs and gives the chair a solid, monumental appearance.

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Most of parson’s chairs today are clones of the original direct Parsons School project. However, many recent variations exist, including versions with cabriole legs, Chippendale influence designs, shorter projects or higher versions and with arms, more or less inspired versions in style or new art Deco and so on.

The original design school Parsons was upholstered in leather and it is still option very popular upholstery, although micro fabrics are increasingly used. The wide variety of options available today should ensure that you will be able to find one that is right for you. Because of its simplicity, comfort and ease of cleaning, the parsons dining chair remains eternally popular, especially in restaurants.