Today, these chairs are uber glam and super hard to come by but their origin is quite the opposite.
(Warning: short history lesson so some might want to skip ahead)
During medieval times, Porter's chairs were designed for the gatekeeper servant. These servants sat by the door to screen all guests and since there were often drafts near the doors these chair were designed to shelter them from the wind.
These luxurious jade velvet and black lacquered chairs are the first Porter's chairs I ever noticed.
I also love the clean black and white set....aww, this room kills me...the chairs, the lucite, the black mantle...it's all too much:)