Casual yet elegant, historic in feel yet fully updatable for today, the bergere chair has become a mainstay of romantic cottage style. Dating all the way back to the early 1700s, the design first appeared in Paris, France, during the Regency period—Marie Antoinette had some at her famed Petit Trianon. Characterized by an exposed wooden frame, a bergere chair always has an upholstered back and seat and always has a portion of the wooden arms exposed. Sometimes an arm pad sits atop the armrest, and the seat can either be loose as a cushion or attached, but it is always generously stuffed.
Looking to add a bergere chair to your room design? Consider these options that range from traditional to fun and modernized, and are suitable for a range of budgets.
1. Emeze French country saffron yellow carved wood bergere club chair, $2,388. (888) 908-2925 or kathykuohome.com.
2. Emelia exposed wood chair, for pricing and dealers, visit sammoore.com.
3. Tammy bergere chair, $2,299. Visit neimanmarcus.com.
4. Harlan upholstered armchair, $978.99. Visit potterybarn.com.