Our 10 Favorite Leather Armchairs Come With a Modern Twist

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If the idea of a leather armchair conjures up straight-backed seats and the subtle scent of cigar smoke and whiskey, we’re here to set the record straight. While this staple piece is unquestionably classic, today’s hyde-covered chairs feature clean lines and eye-catching details that are modern and chic. Despite their 2020 update, today’s armchairs won’t come and go like your typical trend, either; the comfort, durability, and feel of leather is timeless, and it’s worth the investment since it only gets better with wear. 

From sculptural silhouettes and textural seats to overstuffed options you can really sink into, one thing’s for sure: These aren’t your grandfather’s armchair.

Here, the best leather armchairs available online.

Allform Armchair

When it comes to Allform’s sleek armchair, it’s more than good looks that set it apart. For starters, you can design your own chair in upholstered dark smoke or whiskey-dyed leather (AKA black or brown). Next, choose from three leg finishes—natural, walnut or espresso—to complete your custom piece. 

All that aside the absolute coolest thing about Allform's furniture is that it's entirely modular. That means if you decide you need a loveseat or sofa down the road, you can buy modules to add to your armchair and create seating for two, three, or even four people.

Scout & Nimble Kamara Arm Chair

Not your typical leather armchair, you say? We agree, and we like it that way. Scout & Nimble was co-founded by Jesse Bodine, a designer who was driven to make quality furnishings accessible to professionals and homeowners alike. In other words, it’s no surprise that she curated this fresh, textural take on a furniture classic.

With its clean wooden frame and woven back and seat, the Kamara has all the appeal of a traditional leather chair (think: craftsmanship, durability, and rugged good looks) without being too bulky or obtrusive in a small space. Further, this piece is handmade, ensuring that each chair is truly one of a kind.

Joybird Briar Leather Chair

If your idea of the ultimate leather armchair is mid-century and oversized, then you’ve met your match. The Briar’s generous width means you can curl up, sprawl out, or invite the dog up for a snuggle. You can sink right into its overstuffed cushions, and with details like two roll pillows and a tufted button seat, it has a certain je ne sais quoi, don’t you think? 

The Briar comes in shades of steel, ale, and caramel leather (black, dark, and light brown) and has exposed wooden legs with a mocha-colored stain. It’s so handsome, it may even convince your husband to ditch his old recliner and make room for this chair, instead.

Industry West Melt Lounge Chair

Craving a vacation? Industry West’s Melt Lounge Chair is like the fanciest hammock you’ve ever seen. Its square frame is strikingly sculptural, while the seat is a swath of supple buffalo leather that floats on air. As per its name, once you settle into this curved seat, you’ll feel like you’re melting right in. 

Available in deep black or light tan leather, this posh chair oozes urban style. But if an escape from the bustle is what you’re after, mix up a fruity cocktail, have Alexa cue the steel drums, and lean back in the sling as if you’re on a beach in Tahiti.

CB2 Cupa Saddle Leather Swivel Base Chair

The Cupa leather swivel chair is a dream for fans of urban-inspired decor. Offering a “retro-modern” vibe, this one-of-a-kind piece makes a huge statement, especially if you’re limited in square footage. A shiny brass base lends it a 1950s soda shoppe feel, while the cushy, curved leather brings it into this decade. 

Whether in the living room of a loft or in a roomy master bedroom suite, the Cupa is as much an art piece as it is a seat. And thanks to its inventive silhouette, this chair won’t take up too much floor space or intrude on a minimalist design.

West Elm Hemming Leather Swivel Armchair

With its winged sides and gleaming nickel base, the Hemming is closest you’ll ever come to having a throne of your very own. And with its simultaneously cozy and sophisticated feel, it's fit for all-day lounging. 

West Elm's Hemming Armchair comes in seven neutral shades of top-grain leather as well as four muted vegan leather hues. For the full experience, pick up a matching Hemming Swivel Ottoman (also in both top-grain and vegan leather) so you can kick up your feet after a long day.

Anthropologie Amoret Swivel Chair

In the name of unexpected armchairs, this sweet little number is a top contender. Barrel-shaped and mounted on a swiveling base of maple wood, this cushiony seat is reminiscent of a wine cask (but so much comfier). Since every chair is made to order, you can pick from a rainbow of 16 colored leathers like juicy citrine and romantic blush—not to mention dozens of linen, wool, and velvet fabrics, too. 

With its soft curves and ample stuffing, the Amoret is the picture of feminine flair. So, pour some vino, grab the cheese plate, and let girl’s night commence.

Rivet Brooke Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Tufted Leather Living Room Chair

Amazon's done it again. This time, it’s by way of their furniture brand, Rivet, which nails affordable mid-century style. With its tufted back and shiny brass legs, the Brooke will add a hint of glam to any room. Just imagine it decked out with a luxe faux-fur pillow and a tasseled throw blanket draped over the back.

The Brooke is available in warm cognac or cool grey-brown leather—and you really can't go wrong with either. It’s the perfect place to unwind with a novel, a glass of wine, and a pair of fluffy slippers on your feet.

Inmod Messina Armchair

When it comes to approachable elegance, the Messina offers the best of both worlds. It features a timeless silhouette with clean lines and a subtle wing-back design, plus exposed wooden legs in a distressed walnut finish. Now, here's where the twist comes in: You can pick it up in mustard, grey, or bold turquoise-dyed leather, and it’ll pop as the most interesting piece in the room. 

No matter what color you choose, the Messina’s buttery bonded leather, slightly-reclined back, and matching lumbar pillow offers comfort for hours on end. That means you can cozy up for a relaxing day of reading, or—perhaps more likely—a weekend-long Netflix binge.

Article Embrace Bella Tan Leather Rocking Chair

A cross between two traditional chairs, the Embrace is a nostalgic pick. It offers the heritage look of leather plus the soothing sway of a rocking chair and would look lovely in a bedroom, den, or office. We also can't help but think that it'd make the classiest addition to a kid’s room or nursery.

Thanks to its solid wood frame and rich Italian-tanned upholstery, you’ll want to keep the Embrace long after your little one outgrows the crib. With its versatile appeal, it’s an investment worth making, and it’s an heirloom-worthy piece, indeed.

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