Last summer, Canadian House and Home featured an entryway with a Wassily chair juxtaposed with a traditional solid wood dresser against a smokey blue wall. Loved it. (Hunt through the House & Home galleries for lots of eclectic design inspiration.)
Chairs are a particular weakness of mine. (In fact, in addition to the ones in my apartment that I use regularly (about ten) there are ten more stored in my basement, simply because I'm loathe to get rid of anything I love, even though those basement dwellers neither suit my current decor nor fit in my space.
I admit, I have a problem.
The aforementioned Wassily is one of my absolute favourite chairs. According toKnoll (a company that still makes the chair) "Marcel Breuer was an apprentice at the Bauhaus in 1925 when he conceived the first tubular steel chair. Named for his contemporary, Wassily Kandinsky, the tubular frame was inspired by a bicycle." Alas, at $300-ish for a knockoff and upwards of $2000 for the real thing, both online and off, for me, the Wassily isn't feasible. And the truth is, even if I had the means, I don't think I'd use them on a chair.
Ultimately, yes, the chairs are different. But what I'm advocating for isn't about getting a specific thing so much as it is about capturing a specific feeling. These two chairs, different as they technically are, create a similar impression.