When I saw the posting on our neighborhood email list that there was a “Free Mid-Century Chair” sitting in my neighbor’s driveway, I turned off to stove, told my wife to watch the kid, and jumped in the car. What I found was a big-ass mauve upholstered chair with what looked like teak legs. I didn’t pause. Did I even need a new chair? Of course! With a burst of adrenaline I picked it up and somehow made it fit in my tailgate – as long as I didn’t try to close the back.
When I got it home and looked at it a bit more, I realized I had a pretty cool – but very dirty – chair. The notice said that the owners parents had purchased it in the late 50s or early 60s and that it had be re-covered in the 80s – thus the mauve, thus the dirt. But I’ve been looking for a comfortable chair to put in front of the TV, so we decided to take a chance on it, get it re-upholstered, and see what we had.
I found a nearby upholstery shop and chose a great orange fabric. It had a period look, but being made out of polyester it will last forever and wasn’t too expensive (in case it didn’t work out). While the chair was in the shop, I refinished the legs and confirmed that they were indeed of high quality teak.
I really don’t know much about the chair, though. I know when it was made, and I’m 99.99% sure it’s made in Denmark. Anyone out there in the blogosphere know the designer?
Here’s a few photos of the finished product. It’s pretty cool for a free (well, free plus a not-at-all-free upholstery job) chair. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!