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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

At Home with Chrome

A recent thrift store find (see below) made me start thinking about chrome-framed furniture.  You're not alone if you think it looks and sounds a bit cold and harsh.  But when used in small doses, in the right room, chrome can be absolutely fabulous.  Milo Baughman is largely responsible for using chrome in modern American furniture designs.  His iconic chairs consisting of chrome frames paired with upholstered cushions are simple yet perfectly proportioned.  They are extremely versatile and serve as well in a living room as they do around a dining room table.  They work well in modern spaces, although we love seeing them in an otherwise traditional room, making the space fresh and chic.

Here are some fabulous rooms with chrome chairs:

Jan Showers

David Jimenez

Image via decorpad

Hillary Thomas

Lulu de Kwiatkowski as seen in Lonny

Nate Berkus as seen in Elle Decor

Sarah Richardson

Thomas O'Brien as seen in Elle Decor

Sarah Richardson

Set of Ugly Betty

I recently found a pair of these chairs at a local thrift store.  Granted, they are in desperate need of reupholstery, and it is most likely they are reproductions, not original Milo Baughman designs.  But I think some new cushions and camel-colored velvet upholstery will warm them up and make them perfectly versatile- I just need to find a place for them in my house (other than the attic)!

So what do you think?  Do you (or would you) have a piece of chrome-framed furniture in your home, or is it too cold for your tastes?


jandjhome said...

What an incredible find. I love the chrome and your inspiration pictures are all beautiful. We have Barcelona chairs in our living room and I love the chrome in there. I can't wait to see what you do with these.

Ms. Manor said...

I've got one! I rescued an old white leather and chrome chair from a Clinique counter almost trashed by Bloomie's. I've had it for 10 years and it has been used as a vanity chair and now as a desk chair. After seeing this post, I might just cover it in mink and use it in the living room. Thanks for the inspiration!

bluehydrangea said...

Love the chairs you found!! I have been looking for some for myself and so far no luck!!

LiveLikeYou said...

Those chairs are awesome! Have no chrome but I think you can add warmth around them and create the coolest interiors, as proven by your images.

Simply Brookes said...

Just stumbled upon your blog. Job well done, friend. I like your style and your posts. Still learning the ropes around here, but thanks to blogs like yours, you are laying down the tracks.

Keep up the great work.

Danielle said...

Uh, incredible find and gorgeous images! I have got to start posting all the chairs, desks, dressers that I have been finding as well. It is so much fun to share in the joy of finding an awesome item!

Camille said...

Yes, finding a place for these beauties in your home is definitely in order. Thanks for giving us an education on chrome chairs. And thanks for all of the gorgeous images!

wockyjabber said...

I scored a pair of Milo Baughman lounge chairs (original!) at an estate sale a few months ago. I'm all for them and you can warm up the room by bringing in woods and textiles. Love your find. :)

Nicole Lanteri said...

Great images! I have a few in my living room and I love how they look. I like mixing metals too so have some funky brass lamps in the space too that break up the upholstery/leather. Here are some photos of the chairs in their home -

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