Every furniture company out there has their “icon.” A piece in their collection that really stands out. For Joybird, the Soto Chair fits the bill.
Inspired by the classic Selig chair, or more commonly referred to as the Z chair, our Soto pays homage to this piece of mid-century craftsmanship by keeping consistent with the original attributes, but enhancing it for modern day living.
Founded in 1931, the Selig furniture company epitomized the clean lines and simple sophistication found in most post-war Danish furniture design. The construction of the Selig Z chair is often attributed to three Danish furniture designers – Finn Juhl, Poul Jensen, and Ib Kofod Larsen – and it became the piece for which the company was best known.
When Joybird decided to become a modern day resource for mid-century style furniture, we wanted to take the Z chair and make it our own. The Soto chair quickly became a staple of our furniture offerings and one of our signature pieces.
Perhaps most striking about our own Soto chair is its take on the angular “Z” shape, yet its sloping arms and slated back add a hint of femininity, keeping the piece from feeling too sharply masculine. Each chair is ever so slightly unique, with subtle variations within the wood grain. And despite its formidable wood frame, the Soto maintains an uncanny lightness, making it easy to move from room to room.
The Soto is obviously a statement piece, and it can work in just about any space, however its just as comfortable as it is stunning. With a perfectly supportive back, and balanced seat-depth, you’ll find yourself gravitating towards it again and again. With its super-thick cushions, the Soto combines the coziness of an easy-chair with a distinctly modern silhouette.
We can’t say we were surprised by the Soto’s popularity. Just have a look at what people are saying about the Soto Collection. It’s beautiful, sophisticated, and while distinctly mid-century modern, the Soto is versatile enough to work into practically any interior design aesthetic. Take a look at our gallery of customer stylings for a taste of the many looks our Soto can pull off.
But it wasn’t long before we realized the Soto had some room to grow. It was then Joybird expanded the Soto Collection to include perfectly complimentary ottomans, apartment-sized versions of the chair, a version with concave arms (for a less extreme point) and even a rocking-chair version. Additionally, with the wide array of fabric and leather upholstery choices, there’s no stopping you from finding the perfect Soto for your space.
“I absolutely love this chair. It’s so comfortable, provides great support and looks great in my living room! I’ve received a ton of compliments on it.”
– Emily M., Soto Chair owner
The bottom line? Our Soto Chair is a stylish investment piece with timeless charm that you and your family can enjoy for years to come!