Winter Warmth: The Blanket Chair by Aga Brzostek
With an arctic freeze sweeping the majority of the nation this weekend, it’s clear that three items are of the utmost importance in the next 48 hours — hot chocolate, good books (or movies) and blankets upon blankets. Krakow designer Aga Brzostek seems to prefer a more built-in approach to keeping warm in the winter, though; her inventive blanket chair combines the best of furniture and accessories in a self-contained all-in-one easy chair. The cozy cocoon is about as inviting as a home furnishing can get — at least, when the temperatures outside are as dangerously low as they are at the moment. Made of wool, the blanket-inspired slipcover atop the “Autumn/Winter” chair, as it’s called, hearkens back to Brzostek’s roots in the fashion industry, where most of her designs reside. Makes sense that knowing how to drape the human form can translate perfectly into a piece like this. The most clever part (aside from the concept itself, of course): the fact that there’s a small pocket on the side of the foam-based chair, so when you inevitably start to nod off into dreamland after snuggling up for an hour or two, that book, magazine or tablet has a soft place to land.