01 March 2010

bring 'em on in...

m21 is SO going to use these outdoor klismos chairs from restoration hardware on the inside for a future project! at $325.00 each, there isn't anything on the market at a similar price point for a true klismos side chair (that we know of, anyway). m21 also loves that they are aluminum, so will be a snap to customize by having your local outdoor furniture restorer, powder coat them to your desired shade. how pretty would they be in black or white? or even coral? personally, we'd like them in a bronze, with big puffy down-filled raffia cushions- yum! now if only our teeny-tiny pass-thru dining room could accommodate those sexy splayed saber legs without tripping moi every time we try to walk through to the kitchen! ('cuz you know, like m21 needs more ways to trip and break a leg, with mona and richard always racing him to the kitchen and all...)

12 comments:

Details and Design said...

Oh geez...I am a total chair nut. These are gorgeous and EXCELLENT idea to just re powdercoat. My fave chair is a wire tj maxx find that I spray painted in chrome. And this is saying something when I like it better than my victoria ghost chair or my vintage Hans Wegner wishbone chair!!!! I did a post about chairs awhile back and might retweet it!

KSK said...

Great idea! I about fainted when I saw the RH Garden stuff. I don't know where this cypress tree heaven is (or whether it even exists), but I want to go there...and just sit and drink champagne :)

Paul Anater said...

What a beautiful chair. I can't think of anything smart alecky to say. That chair has stolen my snark.

Margaret said...

The Klismos dining table is outstanding! Your good eye wins again.

Marija said...

Stunning lines. First I've seen of this and I can't wait to see more. Love it in the black but I am totally intrigued by the idea of customizing in a brighter shade for outdoors. Great find! Marija

jones said...

Amazing chair--I'm thinking it is a must have.

CHELZERS said...

That IS sexy!! Gorgeous.

Tracy @ ComfortandLuxury said...

These are much too pretty to leave outside. I'd have to see them in the real world though, away from that dreamy backdrop, to know if I really like them so much or if I'm being hynotized by hazy cypress. (I do love your raffia cushion idea, btw.)

magnaverde said...

OK, let's see here: the most beautiful chair ever designed, offered to the masses at a jaw-dropping low price. It's William Morris' Socialist Millenialist dream come true!

I can see several possible outcomes.

A)The hoi polloi buy them by the truckload simply because they're cheap, but looking on beauty bare on a daily basis ends up elevating the taste of the masses & ushers in a new Golden Age of Decorating.

B)The hoi polloi buys them by the truckload, which utterly destroys the klismos chair's cachet among the Sophistos tastemakers, who then give their suddenly declasse' Robsjohn Gibbings originals to the cleaning woman, in order to make room for pieces by design's new darling, John Henry Belter.

C)The hoi polloi buys them because they're sturdy & affordable, but takes the Wow Factor to the next level with flouncy cushions, patchwork back cozies & big floppy bows. The Sophistos take a wait-&-see position before they buy, hoping that the masses lose interest & go back to Fake Tuscan or whatever something. And soon.

D)The hoi polloi refuses to shell out 325 bucks for a bare-bones chair without any ornament to justify such a high price, while the Sophitos refuse to patronize any store hawking classic design to the huddled masses. The small market segement remaining--cash-strapped persons of taste, such as myself, for instance--snap these babies up before they're discontinued for lack of volume sales.

The whole thing sort of reminds me of IKEA's failed early-1980s attempt to sell classic Gustavian-style tables & chairs. Their regular customers weren't interested in old-fashioned furniture styles, and fans of Swedish classicism weren't interested in shopping at the Big Blue Store. At any rate, I hope this noble experiment works for RH better than it did for IKEA, but here's my advice: Buy these while you can.

Brillante Home Decor said...

The last picture is absolutely a dream. The chairs are so elegant and I would have them in charcoal (dream on). Always a pleasure to visit your blog.

David said...

Stepping in to fill the hole left by Smith & Hawken. There's a lot in their new garden collection to like. Such as the low footed zinc square bowl...

Karena said...

I love these chairs. Absolutely perfect.!

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