Monday, March 18, 2013
A While Back Mr. Modtomic Scored His Dream Dining Table But Wondered If He'd Ever Find The Right Chairs To Surround It With. Done! Kai Kristiansen #42...Meet Florence Knoll And Oscar Niemeyer (Via Broyhill). Status: Strange Bedfellows?
(Dag, I gotta clean that carpet.) Another "keeper". Actually; "set of keepers"! I think I've found the chairs that will permanently grace our dining room. I can't imagine finding a cooler set than these Kai Kristiansen / Schou Andersen Rosewood dining chairs...Ever!
The Broyhill Brasilia "Cathedral" dining chairs were perfectly competent chairs to pair up with my
Florence Knoll dining table as you can see from the above first photo. They worked, but I wanted
something a bit more special...plus I've got three Brohill Brasilia dining tables that either are or soon
will be available and I'd like to set the Cathedral chairs up with them! Moving from tall back to short
back chairs will take some getting used to though.
The new "Z" dining chairs are in Rosewood though. The dining table is pretty light. I think it's walnut
with a light cherry finish. The china cabinet, buffet and server are all Broyhill Brasilia and are in a dark
walnut. Hmmmm...at least I DO need to refinish the table top and maybe a darker stain will help to
unite these disparate woods and finishes.
Getting these, I like to think, is karma payback for missing out on the last set of Kai Kristiansen #31
chairs that I came across a while back. You might remember my somewhat embarrassing little crybaby
rant about missing out on that craigslist score back in September of last year. If it is, it's payback...with
interest! I try not to write about what I pay (or get) for any particular item here on my blog. It's just not
that kind of blog, but I will say that I probably paid less than 1/4 to 1/5 the going rate for these exquisite
Above you can see some closeups of the dazzling striations in the polished Rosewood. I believe the
Kai Kristiansen #42 chairs were only produced in Rosewood and Teak. These definitely aren't Teak.
As you can see, they've already got the "King Larry McDuff" seal of approval. Like most Vintage
items, these aren't perfect by any means. They've got a bump here and a scratch there, but over all
they are in very good condition. Some are missing the little screw covers where the seat backs attach,
but that's probably the worst of it! I've included two versions of the tag photo, one "as photographed"
and another edited to make reading the super light print a little easier.