Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Yesterday's Post Made Me Think About How Many Chairs That Have Made An Appearance Here. Let's Look Back! Status: It's A Lot...And That's Being "Chair"itable.
This chair was not only the first chair to be featured here at Mr. Modtomic...it was the first post EVER! I'm creating this post as I write so I don't even know how many chairs I have featured and I don't know how many I'll review in this particular post. Click through to find out how many made it!
Yep, this great danish style barrel side chair was the very first item to be featured here on the
blog. I about couldn't get the chair up to the cash register and out to the car fast enough when
I found it at the St. Charles Salvation Army. The chair was later sold and sent to Chicago for
Then along came this beautiful Selig "Z" chair. It was posted on the Springfield Mo. craigslist
by Funtiques Market antique mall. Small world story: I ended up meeting the seller of this chair
again a few months ago at an estate auction that was just down the street from me! Thus far this
is still the nicest chair I have...but not the most comfortable. There is no nap taking in this chair.
These "Pod" chairs were advertised on craigslist and we stopped by to see / buy them on our
way to the Belleville Flea Market. There were four of them together and we used them often
for extra guest or party seating. They were really light and comfortable. The set got split up
and sent in different directions and are now all gone.
This task chair reupholstery was my first feature of a before and after. This chair was very high
quality. It rolled and swiveled so so smoothly. It was a nice first project to get my feet wet in
reuphostery work. The "new" fabric was actually a panel from some drapes that I got at a
thrift store. I still have the other panels and have even found a few more at an estate sale!
These beautiful bentwood and chrome steel Pagholz / Royal - Royalmetal chairs just left my
collection this evening...to the same guys who bought that coffee table from Gus (at
Vandeventer Vintage) last weekend. Small world! In another twist of small world irony...I
bought the Pagholz chairs FROM Gus myself way before he opened his current shop or his
former shop in Soulard. Weird.
Ah...the OMC, Original Man Chair! This was another craigslist find. It was super cheap as the
seller just wanted it gone and the seam between the fabric seatback and the vinyl headrest was
split. It was an exceedingly easy fix. I just had to sorta "skin" the chair, re-sew by hand the
seam and replace the upholstery upon the frame. It took some time but it was worth the effort.
The chair was saved and served me well during it's time at the Modtomic household.
These two Knoll Bertoia Diamond chairs were a "freestyle picking" score. I found them on a
porch in East St. Louis Il. while we were on our way to the drive in theater in Belleville Il. The
sad part? There was only the two and the seller told me that their former employer had given
them about a dozen or more that they had sold at yard sales. ::sob::
This pair of Douglass fiberglass shell chairs were bought at different times. I got the first at the
St. Charles Antique Mall and it isn't labeled. I posted about the mystery of who made it and
a reader, Kim, came through with the second chair which I also purchased from her! Now I
have a pair and I love them. What I really need now is a matched pair of bases for them.
Unfortunately I don't think the mounts are the same configuration as a Herman Miller / Eames
shell chair or I'd get some Eiffel bases for them!
This was my second real "designer" chair find, the first being the Bertoia Diamond chairs above.
I had to do a little reluctant haggling before I was able to bring this ever so stylish piece of
seating home from the Belleville Flea Market. It's identification was a mystery until some
information gleaned from Jonathan Goldstein revealed it to be designed by Kipp Stewart and
Stewart MacDougal for Winchendon Furniture. Except for the pics of another on Jonathan's
blog, I've never seen another like it. Anybody else? I oughta drag this out to get appraised at
an Antiques Roadshow some day!
This amazing Googie Orange Slice or Clam Shell chair was found on craigslist and is still one
of the Girlfriends favorites. I gotta admit...looking at these pics, I too harbor a great admiration
for it's kitschy lines and retro vinyl upholstery. I have from time to time tried unsuccessfully to
sell this and a pair of other (nearly) matching chairs. I'm glad to still have them to this day.
Well, that's the first ten. I think that's enough for one post. I'll drop some more another time.
Note that these Ten chairs or chair sets were all from only the first 45 posts. I've got another
500 posts to sift through! Yikes.