If you see one of these chairs, BUY IT, they are the best.
July 15, 2011 11:17 AM Subscribe
I have access to the best chairs in the world, but so far as I know there are only four of them. Can anyone help me find more of these fabulous springy outdoor chairs
, probably from the mid-20th century? Details inside.
posted by mskyle to Home & Garden (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So, these chairs have been in use at my grandparents' various homes throughout my lifetime. All of my aunts and uncles remember them as having been around forever, meaning they would be 60-ish years old at least.
The chairs are made of bent flat metal pieces that act as springs (the lower pieces especially - the upper pieces are thinner and less springy), with wooden slats that make up the part you actually sit and lean on. Many of the slats have been replaced (also many of the rivets that hold the slats). The metal seems to be in good shape despite many years of being kept outside all summer. I suspect they've been painted several times (with marine paint?) but I could be wrong about that, and I don't know if they were always painted.
Other chair facts:
- When you sit on them they have a lovely springy rocking motion.
- They weigh about a million pounds; I can't really lift them, though you can drag them around pretty easily.
- The chairs have been in Massachusetts or Maine for as long as I can remember, and I assume they're originally from New England.
- We have three that are all the same size and one that is slightly different in construction and a little bit taller (and has armrests that are held on with duct tape).
Anyhow, I love these chairs, and I don't want to wait until everyone else in my family dies to get my hands on one of my own. And they'd make great family wedding/housewarming presents, etc.
Does anyone know if these are still made, what they're called, or any other pertinent information?