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Parker Knoll Armchairs

The Parker Knoll brand has been an iconic name in British chair design for over 150 years. Vinterior’s collection of mid-century Parker Knoll armchairs showcases the finest papa bear, wing backs and recliners - one of which could soon be gracing your living room.Do you have a reading nook that craves that perfect chair to hunker down in with a good book? Or perhaps you want an exquisite pair of Parker Knoll Statesman chairs to elevate your interior? Opting for a stalwart British brand that used the finest solid wood frames, artisan furniture-making techniques, and embraces an ethos of sustainability and attention to detail means that you can source an armchair that will last you a lifetime while having a provenance unlike any modern equivalent. Tan leather Knoll armchairs evoke 1970s kitsch while 1950s high-backs have a timeless appeal and can fit effortlessly into contemporary homes.Vintage aficionado? Mid-century curious? A Parker Knoll armchair is a fantastic addition to a living room, study, or bedroom. Explore our curated edit below and find your one-of-a-kind.

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How do I identify a Parker Knoll armchair?

While there may be a few rogue replicas on the market, Parker Knoll armchairs don’t tend to be heavily imitated. However, to source the real deal, there are a few things to look out for. If you want a bona fide Parker Knoll papa bear or Statesman, turn the chair upside down. Here, you should find either a Parker Knoll label or mark on the wooden frame. You may also see a model number. Early examples from the 1950s have a specific model number, whereas later pieces from the 1970s had serial numbers beginning with the letter ‘N’. The armchair you're considering should also be made from solid wood. Beech, walnut and mahogany were common choices and faux wood or composite materials were never used.

Are Parker Knoll chairs still being made?

Yes, absolutely. Parker Knoll is a brand with great heritage. From the 1930s art deco bentwood classics to the Parker Knoll recliner armchairs of the 1980s, this stalwart of British design has captured the zeitgeist of every era. But it’s not just armchairs that this brand is famous for. To create a cohesive mid-century interior, consider a preowned sofa, lounge chair or cocktail chair with the Parker Knoll provenance. Now, Parker Knoll continues to produce chairs to order from its factory in Nottinghamshire.

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