I have been a fan of the Lipse Chair since first seeing it back in 2002. Right away I liked the soft curve of the shell, and the aluminum strip combined with a careful attention to grain direction. I’m not totally in love with all of the available finishes, but the variety is nice and the Walnut is spot on. A thin upholstered pad is also available if a softer look and feel is what you’re going for. I have read some concern over the durability of such a thin profile seat pad, although I have not personally experienced any issues and I have specified these for several restaurant interiors. In this style of chair you wouldn’t really want anything larger and both pads are easy to replace should either become damaged.
The more recent version of the Lipse features a slightly eased edge and a seat pad that is pulled in 1/2″ from the perimeter (as apposed to the original 1/4″ spacing). Both updates add a bit to the durability and aesthetic of the chair. The scale of the chair is just about perfect, wide enough avoid bumping elbows but small enough avoid feeling over sized. The base is welded securely and is very strong. No torque, and no wobble, and leaning on the back two legs doesn’t produce any give. The Lipse is a nice chair for my kids, since they can’t really fall out and the upholstered pad is good for sitting on knees. The only weakness I have seen is a tendency for the glides (on applicable base styles) to pop off on tiled floors. The chair itself is very comfortable, even without the seat pad. Because of the shell’s soft curve, I think a rough finish would be a nice
Pros: Lots of base and finish options, comfortable, durable, sturdy, well made and elegant. Upholstered pads are easy to remove and replace
Cons: Awkward to carry, glides may fail on tile, while not massive this chair is large so make sure there is enough space in the area you plan to use them