The correct answer is: four (4) vintage Knoll ® Saarinen Tulip Side Chairs for the bargain price of $300. For those not in the know, these white plastic aliens are heavyweight prize fighters in the Mid-Century Modern furniture world- going for $1,200/chair in mint condition.
Now obviously mine are not perfection. They will need new cushion covers (I have 3 foam cushions and will need to obtain a 4th.) Plus the white finish leaves little to be desired. So they may be getting a glossy white spray job. But overall I’m pleased that I was able to find authentic chairs for $75 a pop.
Part of me is like, Shit, Naomi, your house is turning into a trash yard of mid-century furniture. (Eames-inspired lounge chair, BRNO Chairs, tulip chairs.) This was never my goal. I wanted a mixed space with bits of modern, traditional and ethnic flairs. I wanted thoughtful and eclectic!
Have I gone too far?
I just could not physically pass it up. It would have been a design crime to let these guys go.
But this is what I’m thinking…. mix in a wood table and wood chairs at the ends and maybe I’ll be alright.
Shall I show you my inspiration?
Vicente Wolf is his name, and he marries white fiberglass chairs with woody traditional elements like its nobody’s bidness.
Thanks, Vicente, I love your work.
Other people do it too..
Are you sold yet? Bailey still isn’t sure.
But here’s hoping I haven’t gone so Mod I can never come back!
PS- thanks to my Guy for letting me haul lots of random furniture into our home, and to Nelya for encouraging me to get them (and bargain down $50!)