The Manic Magpie: The Search for the Perfect Task Chair

So I’ve been struggling to find THE perfect desk chair for my tv/home office space in my house.

My loft and the desk that's in dire need of a chair!

The desk shares center stage (literally) with this RL leather sofa with Union Jack throw pillows (from Anza Home Store in Podium). The space would be a man-cave if it wasn't so bright and airy..

After months of searching (yes, months), I’ve learned that there may truly be no such thing as a pretty ergonomic task chair. Is there a design rule somewhere that says “ergonomic” can’t be anything but fugly?!  I refuse to conform. Or settle. So on a trip to LRI Design Plaza in Makati last week, I decided to open my mind to other possibilities.

Heima Store in LRI Design Plaza in Makati (www.heimastore.com) was inspiring.

The Patchwork Nicola Wing Chair

The Patchwork Nicola Wing Chair (above) captured my imagination. How utterly unexpected would it be to introduce a chair like this to an otherwise markedly masculine room?

Chairs from Heima

Any of the beauties above would add the touch of whimsy I’m going for: (clockwise from top left): the Holly Day Wing Chair and its Patchwork version (charming!), the Aunt Georgia Chair and her mate, the Uncle George, and the T-Shaped Tufted Dining Chair (the word is “repurpose”!), which had the most fabulous black-and-white printed fabric on its back and quirky pink legs – genius!

I’m in love with idea, but I have yet to warm up to the bulk (of most) and the price tags on these babies. So while at Ortigas Home Depot today to pick up a couple of light bulbs, I dared enter Victoria Mondiale, which is not shop I would normally visit. But the word is “whimsy” this week, so I thought, why not? I might get lucky. Here’s what I found:

The "Mad Hatter" Chair

A zany Mad Hatter chair that’s crossed the line between kitsch and quirky. And it’s on sale!  Hmmm, it might do.

What do you think?

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