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Monday, August 16, 2010

Our Favorite Bentwood Furniture (Just Don't Call It a Papasan!)

A couple of weeks ago, I was strolling around a shan't-be-named fancy home store in West Palm Beach, and noticed the following vintage bentwood egg chairs...

But almost fell over when I saw the pricetag- $1,200 EACH...

Because just a couple of weeks before that, I'd helped MoS Charlotte purchase the EXACT same chair at a thrift store in Charlotte...

That came with a considerably friendlier pricetag (oh, and it was 50% off of that). We loved how hit was described as a "weaker" chair. Priceless.

One reservation we had was- is this *too close* to being a dreaded papasan chair? The scourage of craigslist everywhere and the item that has kept Pier 1 in business for all these years?

Well, according to Renny Reynolds and Jack Staub, papasan chairs are not all that bad...they make this one look positively chic.

But, we much preferre the "weaker chair" because of its egg-like shape. Sort of like this one in Antibes.
Portes et fentres

This one at 14feet has a distinctly more 60's vibe- love the groovy shag pillows.

I snapped this similar egg chair at Surf Lodge in Montauk earlier this summer.

Bentwood chairs remind us a lot of their slightly more popular distant cousins, the pretzel chair. As seen in Vera Bradley founder Barbara Bakegaard's Seaside, FL home in this month's Country Living.

Also love bentwood chairs and occasional tables that show up often in magazines, like this one in Domino.

How about this fantastic bentwood bed?

I wish I had room for this Bentwood Egg Chair on Craigslist. $10? Hard to beat!

What do you think of bentwood furniture? Have any? Want any?


Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

I have a few peices that I have inherited, like that little table but I'm not a real fan of it. As far as pricing goes, it depends on where you are in the world.

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Hmmm...not sure about the papasan chair, but do like some bentwood chairs and that bentwood my favorite!!

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

You girls have such good taste you can make anything chic! I think your "weaker" chair is a fun variation on your typical bamboo or wicker chair! MOS Charlotte, do you know what cushion or pillows you are going to pair with it?

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