At A Glance:
As an international brand, Stressless has done a fitting thing in naming three of its chairs after international-relations public servants. The Diplomat, Ambassador, and Consul chairs are all part of the same style family, but in different sizes. The Diplomat chair is the small-sized chair of the bunch, and is perfectly suited to a comfortable domestic life.
What's To Like:
The recline function (the Glide System) reacts to shifts in your body weight. This means you never have to hold tension in your body, like you would in many other recliners. Your head, neck, and shoulders are supported well by the Stressless Diplomat Chair's headrest. The headrest moves with the chair to keep your head supported in a reading position with your neck muscles relaxed. As an alternative, you can drop the headrest if you'd like to lie almost fully flat. The Plus system within the chair controls lumbar region support, so that whenever you need it, the chair moves to support your lower back. And all that's not even getting into the way the chair looks! It's refined-looking, like it belongs in the home of someone who appreciates the finer things - like you do.
What's Not to Like:
We're not going to be able to knock this recliner's comfort. It's simply comfortable. So it's all a matter of taste at this point. If you don't like its look, then that's what's not to like. We don't think that the price tag is an issue here because of the incredible value a Stressless recliner is in terms of comfort and durability.
The Bottom Line:
With a striking combination of comfort, function, and balanced good looks, the Stressless Diplomat Chair is the direct result of more than 35 years of refining what Ekornes has preached all along. Slightly contemporary in its overall design, the wood frame and plush upholstery are reminders of the Stressless Diplomat Chair's luxurious quality.
Ekornes introduced the Stressless chair in 1971, meticulously developing and designing the chair to provide your body with the ultimate in comfort and support while sitting upright or reclined. This revolutionary design has made Stressless the ultimate recliner for the past 35 years.
MATERIALS & MEASUREMENTS
Fabric or leather upholstery, laminated European beech base, steel recline mechanism
Recliner: 37" h x 28.25" w x 27.5" d
Seat height: 15"
Ottoman: 15" h x 21.25" w x 15.25" d
To get a closer look at the upholstery options for the Stressless Diplomat Chair, visit our Ekornes Stressless Materials Library.
A corrected aniline-dyed, pigmented and grain-embossed upholstery leather, which has had most of its natural marks removed. The protective layer of lacquer allows spills to be easily removed. Easy to clean and attractively priced, Batick is a popular choice for those who want a more resilient leather.
An aniline-dyed upholstery leather with a combination of dyes and pigments in the finish. Paloma has a natural grain pattern with visible natural marks. The light finishing treatment improves the physical properties and provides a more uniform color. Paloma has been developed to produce a very soft, rich and friendly feel. The preferred choice of those who want a soft, authentic look in leather that breathes well.
The heaviest and most exclusive Ekornes leather type. Royalin is an aniline-dyed, upholstery leather with a natural pebbled grain with visible natural marks. A very light surface treatment has been added for protection. A natural leather that breathes well, it has a soft feel and a rich, warm glow.
ABOUT THE MANUFACTURER
Stressless recliners and sofas have been synonymous with comfort since the company's inception in 1971. Known as the "Innovators of Comfort" - Stressless' designers and engineers have succeeded in creating a recline system that provides seamless support from your knees to your head regardless of how you're sitting. The Stressless glide system - a reclining mechanism hidden beneath the chair's plush, inviting exterior, permits freedom of movement without ever giving up lumbar, head and leg support. Combined with matching ottomans, and available in numerous sizes to accommodate, Ekornes Stressless chairs and sofas will be the most relaxing recliners you've ever experienced.
It's not just the back of the chair that moves, either. The seat of the chair moves with you as well, responding to your new positions and a different weight distribution, and keeping you as comfortable and supported as possible. Even the ottoman moves with you, tilting forward or backward when you move. The whole system is a space age solution to a stone-age problem: What's the most comfortable and supportive sitting position possible?
The Plus System is the Glide Systems partner in keeping your body in the best ergonomic position. But it focuses more on support for you back, head and neck. The Plus System is something you're only going to find in this line of chairs - your Laz-E-Boy can't do this. When you recline in your Stressless Chair, your head and neck are taken care of a subtly adjusting and moving headrest. It keeps your spine from crinkling, and it keeps your eye line straightforward. This isn't just great for your spine, head and neck, it's great for your view of the television, or of the book you're reading, or the person you’re having a conversation with. At the same time as the headrest cradles your head and neck, the lower part of the seat back pushes forward to support the small of your back, your lumbar region. The lumbar region, it has become clear in recent decades, is one of the most important parts of your back, and one of the most prone to stress and injury. And what better for a body part like that than an Ekornes Stressless Chair? The filling action of the lower seat back takes off the pressure and keeps you comfy. A recliner that makes your back healthier? No too shabby.
Beyond questions of comfort and support, this is also a deeply stylish chair. The look of the Ekornes Diplomat Stressless Chair is one of trim, lithe beauty. It's not stuffed with padding or weighed down with baggy lengths of fabric or leather - it looks fit and robust. The part of the chair you actually sit on, the seat and seat back, us upholstered in beautiful leather, stretched over an elegant frame.
The base of the chair is accented with wood, European Beech to be exact. This is a prized wood, with a beautiful grain and an attractive color. It's an excellent compliment to the Stressless Chair it supports, and of course it's completely in line with the dignity and austerity implied by the official name of this line of chairs: the Ambassador, the Consul, and the Diplomat.The modern recliner isn't quite complete without a full compliment of accessories to make it the perfect relaxation zone. For instance, one of the several options available on this particular Stressless Chair is the Personal Table. The Personal Table attaches to the side of your chair and can be pulled forward (so it goes over your lap) or pushed away (so you don’t even have to see it), whatever you're in the mood for. It's specifically designed for laptops, which means it'll be a snap to both watch the big game and follow your fantasy team online - without ever having to get up from your chair! Another great feature of the table is that it itself is able to recline. You can recline it so that it sloped towards you, and that will make reading a book or magazine, or just looking at whatever it is that you're using, a lot easier on your head, neck, and eyes.
Sometimes you want things to be close at hand, rather than close to your visual field. For instance, drinks and snacks. Well the good people who created the Ekornes Stressless Chair have you covered there as well. Say hello to the Stressless Swing Table, similar to the Personal Table but designed specifically for keeping things close to your hand. Put your drink on it, or a bowl of popcorn when you're watching a movie, and then move it back and forth at your leisure. Don’t say Ekornes never did anything for ya!
The best reason to buy an Ekornes Stressless Diplomat Chair is if you have a smaller stature than the average person. It’s important not to let the traditional one size fits all recliner dominate the discourse in terms of personal fit. At Ekornes, they believe it's more than reasonable to create three versions of the same recliner - it's absolutely necessary for them to complete their mission. And that mission is to create the perfect recliner for every person on earth. If you think the Diplomat Stressless Chair would be right for you, check it out - you're probably right.
SHIPPING & DELIVERYStressless chairs come with free standard shipping for destinations within the contiguous United States.
Quick-ship chairs arrive within 4-6 weeks from the date of purchase. Otherwise, chairs are made to order and arrive in 8-12 weeks.
For additional information, please see our shipping and delivery policies page.
Product Q&AQ: Where can I find other sizes of the Diplomat Chair?
A: Two alternate sizes are available - the Consul and the Ambassador.
Q: What is the difference between the 3 chairs?
A: The only difference is size. All three chairs offer the same features.
Q: Does this purchase include the ottoman?
A: Yes, the Diplomat Ottoman is included with your purchase.