I’ll Get the Chair for This

Can you keep a secret?  I mean, really, like not tell ANYONE?  Cuz it looks like I may have committed a crime and I have to get it off my chest.  Can I trust you?

Oh geez, put the phone down, I’m just talking about a design crime.  And no jury in the world would convict me after it sees the evidence!  I’ll leave it up to you.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present to you Exhibit One:

An unassuming chair that had seen better days, but with fine lines and a proud lineage.

Suspecting a design icon in the rough, Ms. Palooza purchased this chair for the (what should probably also be criminal!) low price of $7.00 and spirited it away to a location she refers to as Craft Purgatory.  Ominous, no?

Her internet research turned up a very similar specimen, designated as a Saarinen office chair by Knoll.

However, the chair in her possession bore a brand name of Virco and had only four casters, not five.  Additionally, when Ms. Palooza viciously tore into the chair with a screwdriver and pliers, this is what she found:









The chair literally fell apart in her hands and spewed ancient upholstery foam debris (see second picture above) throughout her house.  After a halfhearted attempt at DIY upholstery, Ms. Palooza had it professionally reupholstered and now it looks like this!

Here endeth the Perry Mason (yes, I am 67 years old) bit.

So I bought this chair at a thrift store and it was disgusting.  I tell myself it’s a Saarinen knockoff so I can sleep at night, but I know there are design purists out there who are probably crying, “Sacrilege!”  In any case, I think it looks great!  i’d love to hear what you think, even if it involves design prison!

Thanks for stopping by!

10 thoughts on “I’ll Get the Chair for This

  1. I would love to have this as my office work chair… I would be the envy of the office. It is beautiful no matter the brand … who needs a Saarinen when you can have this beauty for a song??

    1. Thanks, Serena – I’m going to your site now! I only wish I could say I had done the reupholstering on this one myself, but that’s one skill I have yet to master. We can’t be good at everything, right? 🙂

    1. I didn’t have any left over so I’m not sure of the designer or company, but I bought mine at Home Fabrics and Rugs in Henderson, Nevada. I didn’t see it for sale on their website, but it looks like they have several store locations, mostly in the West. Good luck – if I come across any other info, I’ll post it!

    2. I found this fabric in the upholstery fabric at Joann Fabrics, the fabric is by Richloom,

      Richloom Wilder – Cabana

      54″ wide, 100% spun polyester, outdoor performance fabric, color cabana, Repeats: 27″ horz & 27″ vert


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