Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Tale of Two Chairs

Display at the Musee des Arts Decoratif

My friend Roseanne and I met her daughter and a friend in Paris last summer. My favorite place was the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in the Louvre. Roseanne likes medieval. I am looking at modern.

The Museum of Decorative Arts has an impressive display of modern chairs, which you can view from above. I was exclaiming; Roseanne was unimpressed. She said, "I've got a pair of chairs just like those in my basement." I couldn't figure out which one she was talking about, but I figured I'd better confiscate them when we got home.

Now I realize she was pointing to the dark brown chair in the
center here.

She was quite happy about my confiscation of the chairs although they did a good job of holding the laundry. She'd gotten them from her late father-in-law's house years ago. She never liked them.

She even delivered. They are not in perfect shape
but they cleaned up nice.

Here they are with our Christmas donation
quilt for the 2014 Festival of Trees fundraiser.
The City Sewers paper pieced it using the
 Geese in the Forest pattern from Twiddletails.

See the pattern here:

The chairs seem to be a form of the"Dax "chair designed by Charles Eames,
manufactured by Herman Miller.
This version is called a "Dax Rope-Edge Chair."
The shell is turquoise fiberglass, the upholstery
white naugahyde.

Sara Chappell's quilt (design by American Jane)  is on the wall here 
in the entrance hall in my new 1970 modern house.
UPDATE: See the CrissCross pattern by clicking and scrolling way down:

A restored pair of upholstered Dax chairs

The stickers on the bottom of mine indicate they were from an Air Force
Officers' club (Roseanne's father-in-law was in the Air Force.)

I found one just like them on line. It said the white chairs
were from 1954. The chair in Switzerland still has the Herman Miller stickers. Mine don't.

Here's my favorite thing about Mid-Century Modernism. While I haven't found a Stickley chair gathering dust in any one's basement in a long time, it is indeed possible to find great examples of the modern genre at garage sales and in the cellar. 

This week's garage sale finds:
25 cents each!
They are huge!

People are often glad to see this stuff go. Some folks are just not modern.


  1. It makes me proud. I see a lot of danish chairs, made by Wegener, Panton, Juul, Jalk and Jacobsen.

  2. Obviously nice, comfortable chairs and a great found!
    I have Danish furniture, bought as I lived in Hamburg 25 yrs ago, not French style at all, but I still love them with their mid-20th-century flair!
    Both quilts are great, would love to see more from Sara Chappell's...
    Thanks Barbara for your sharp eye, great to read your posts!

  3. Enjoyed this post...especially the last line! Great read to start the day.

  4. Quilteuse F--- I did an update on the post about where to buy the pattern for CrissCross

  5. Me encanta .La combinación de muebles modernos y quilts me parece maravilloso y me gustaría ver más post de este tipo.Muchas gracias y feliz fin de semana!

  6. I like to buy different models of chairs... this chair looks like flower petals and so comfortable... Thanks for sharing.. Jaslynn, Bizbilla

  7. Nice post, things explained in details. Thank You.