Room by Room – the Nelson Swag Leg Chair

This week, Room by Room with FormFire Glassworks takes a look at George Nelson’s Swag Leg Chair.

Created in 1958 as part of the collection that includes his Swag Leg Desk, the Swag Leg Chair is a simple, yet elegant solution to the standard desk or dining chair. Assembled from three basic parts, the chair is composed of the curving steel swag leg base and a two-part polypropylene seat and back that allow for both movement and airflow. Available through Herman Miller in white, black and grey, the seat and back can be mixed and matched as you choose. The curves of the seat echo that of the legs, and the two-part seat offers visual lighter alternative than single piece chairs, and provides armrests as an integrated part of the swooping design.

The simple white lines of the chair inspired my handmade accessory picks for today’s collection. A painted wood piece references the standard chandelier in an abstracted modern way. Ceramic speakers are both functional and visually intriguing, while punched surface votives cast flickering light across a table. Letterpress coasters with a simple botanical print add texture and interest, A set of salt and pepper cellars invites the touch of the hand with a pinched in fold in its smooth surface.

Next week I will choose a new iconic piece and give you my picks for accessorizing your modern home.

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