Accent chairs come in styles and materials to suit every taste, every room and every wallet. A basic bargain-basement model of a contemporary chair is mass produced from mostly plastic, and will not break the bank. But a custom job, made from exotic wood from the Amazon and a tooled leather seat and back crafted by an internationally acclaimed artist, could set you back quite a few thousand dollars.
None of these new materials has lasted been proved a good alternative to wood. They offered artists and designers an opportunity to move away from wood for high quality furniture. Many designs were popular in their day, but did they ever take the place of solid wood furniture? Never! With the development of corrosion-proof metals and new plastics, wood became no longer a cool material to use for the modern furniture of the day. For most of history, wood and stone have been the construction materials of choice - for homes and the furniture used in them. Stone was popular in the old civilizations, or perhaps we only think so because all wooden furniture is long gone.
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