Chairs of the World: The Egg Chair

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Welcome to another edition of Chairs of the World. Our subject today? The Egg Chair, a creature whose ubiquity in contemporary interiors rivals that of pigeons in Manhattan. Unlike the spry and nimble Wishbone Chair, the Egg Chair is clumsy and slow to action, and it therefore must rely on camouflage to evade capture. Come with me as we stalk its many permutations.


Here we see the common brown Egg Chair. Though it may appear dull-witted, this individual has cleverly formed a symbiotic relationship with similarly shaped and hued ottoman—thereby confusing potential predators.

The arctic Egg Chair develops a white coat as winter approaches. Though easy to spot in the early autumn…

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…it is nearly invisible once the cold light of winter arrives. Isn’t nature wonderful?


When angered or threatened, the Egg Chair will flush a brilliant shade of fuchsia as a warning to all who dare come near.

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This juvenile specimen has strategically placed a small pillow on his lap in hopes of blending with his surroundings. Clearly he has much to learn about the art of camouflage.

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Perhaps he should take a cue from his older and wiser relative, who has not only shed his solid coat in favour of a pattern, but has also hidden behind the protective cover of foliage.


Much as a lizard’s body temperature fluctuates according to his surroundings, Egg Chairs in tropical regions have been known to develop fiery hides that mirror the hot climate of their habitats.

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Though clearly past her reproductive prime, this grandmother Egg Chair has maintained her complex floral coat and practically disappears into the rug below her.


And finally, the most rare sighting of all: a pair of elusive metallic Egg Chairs. Once this couple mates, they will produce spectacularly shiny offspring!

Image Credits: 1. Hotze Eisma 2. Paul Costello 3. Shootfactory 4. Hallie Burton 5. Source Unknown 6. John Bessler 7. Hallie Burton 8. Source Unknown 9. Rachel Whiting 10. House Beautiful via Design Crisis



21 Responses to “Chairs of the World: The Egg Chair”

  1. Nathan Verrill Says:

    P.S. Really cool chairs though.

  2. Grace@PoeticHome Says:

    Hehehe — yes, the egg chairs are amazing in their natural and not-so-natural habitats. However, what is even more amazing is the prose you composed for this post. Bravo! 🙂

  3. Kristy Says:

    Fabulous post. I love the worn, weathered look on the one in the first picture.

  4. robin pulsifer Says:

    wow, those silver metallic chairs are a focal point. i would like only one in my personal space though. love love love! 🙂

  5. Joanna Says:

    What an interesting look at egg chairs in all their various habitats. I want the grandma egg chair!

  6. miss aimee Says:

    I want to fushia one in my bedroom! Oh to have an egg chair!

  7. Camila Says:

    I love the grandma egg chair. I just want to grab a book and curl up into it!

  8. blair Says:

    Oh, what a wonderful ode to such a fantastic chair. You are just so clever! Love it best when blushing and juvenile variety.

  9. Melissa Says:

    This is such a cool chair and I love your comments 🙂

  10. the sassy kathy Says:

    ohh the bookshelves in the grandma egg chair photo. dreamy! stealing!

  11. Amanda Says:

    Great post Anne, I love a blushing egg chair. x

  12. Pat H Says:

    Anne, another adorable post! I enjoyed this so much–your writing is so clever. I just sat in a black egg chair this weekend in Manhattan–my first time and had to educate my husband on this creature. Thank you for this delightful adventure!

  13. MFaMB Says:

    well plaaaaaaaayed…

  14. Tobi Fairley Says:

    The Egg Chair has absolutely been my favorite since Design School! Arne Jacobson was a genius!I recently saw it in a magazine in leopard velvet and it was fantastic!!

  15. Isabel Says:

    this a gorgeous post, I’m besotted!

  16. Kotori Says:

    You are too funny. This post made me laugh out loud… beautiful chairs, though. Especially the blue I think.

  17. wide open spaces Says:

    the egg chair has always been a bit ‘too’ modern for me but that top one had m eat hello. the worn leather takes some of the modern edge off for me. love it.

  18. Miss B. Says:

    Anne ANOTHER brill post. This was done so well, I heart your blog so very much!

  19. nkp Says:

    You’re brilliant, Anne, brilliant!
    Have the best weekend evah!
    p.s.- did I happen to mention you’re brilliant? ;0)

  20. Courtney Says:

    Anne, your commentary cracks me up! The Egg Chair is such a classic, and all of these spaces highlight it well.

  21. Colleen Says:

    Thank you for presenting diff pics of the same chair in such a creative format! I love showing people how fabric/color totally transforms a chair. I used to want the Egg until I sat in one and decided they are just for looks. But give me a Womb chair any day…

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