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More than 60 years after Milo Baughman’s debut beautifully shaped swivel chair and 70 years since the launch of Knoll’s bouclé fabric (on none other than The womb chair by Eero Saarinen), the marriage of the two classic mid-century creations is still going strong. The most famous of this time is perhaps Gwyneth Paltrow’s version of the same name bouclé chair she designed in collaboration with CB2. Though it came out in 2018, it was the store’s bestseller in 2021 — probably because it embodies Paltrow’s easygoing elegance. But if you’re on a budget, the $999 piece is a big investment, although it’s worth it (it has an FSC-certified pine and machined wood frame, a hidden swivel base, and over 150 five-star reviews).
The good news is that a similar look is now within reach for frugal shoppers: Walmart’s new Sherpa swivel chair from Better Homes & Gardens launched this week. Nubby cream swivel chairs abound on the web – scroll down for a few other strong contenders – but this one is terribly The reasonable $279 price tag can’t be beat, especially considering the frame is solid hardwood and the foam seat cushion is reversible, making it easy to hide wear and tear (just flip it over!).
A few things to note: the stitching of the Walmart design is slightly more prominent compared to some of the others. In addition, Sherpa can be prone to matting if you don’t take good care of it. But in the end, all of these chairs will make your space feel welcoming and sophisticated. In Paltrow’s words, her favorite chair is “proof that things don’t have to be cold and hard to be chic.” Spending or deciding to save – either way, you have the approval of the GP.