Although our new Wycombe armchair is inspired by Arts & Crafts furniture designs (specifically Morris & Co.’s Sussex chairs), it’s decidedly contemporary in style. The spindles, the rush seat, the low to the ground stance, all wouldn’t be out of place in a minimalist 21st-century setting.
The Larsson wardrobe, on the other hand, is all about ornamentation. It takes its cues from the Swedish Gustavian style, which in turn was influenced by the opulent decoration of Versailles. It’s peppered with carved details, including flower motifs at the corners.
What makes this pairing so successful though is how Wycombe is willing to take a back seat to Larrson. We’ve emphasised Larsson’s decorative nature by papering its back panel in a William Morris print (Pimpernel in Bayleaf/Manilla) and painting the rest in a stand-out combination of Moss and Burnt Sienna. It means that all eyes are on this piece, with understated Wycombe not competing for attention. Instead, it’s a lovely complement, subtly lending its modernity to the setting and echoing Larsson’s interior details in its oak frame and Isla Fox scatter cushion.
For another example of this in action, take a look at our Chichester dresser scene. Here again is a more traditional, more decorative piece that, thanks to its paint colour, is the focus of the room. And here too are minimal modern pieces (the Wycombe dining chairs and Arundel table) sitting quietly to one side.