This Old Find: Vintage Stacking Chairs
Good design is all about reflecting your personality and passions. I’m crazy about the classics; found and reinvented furniture and décor seriously fill my home. Just stop by my place and you’ll see what I mean. People call me a vintage hoarder.
Exhibit A: I scooped up these classic stackable chairs at a school tag sale a few years ago for $5 a piece. Yeah… I scored a deal!
These chairs are a mid-century model created by Italian designers working for a company called Steelcase (mainly office and school products, but I beg to differ). Since the designers were working under the Steelcase brand, they couldn’t put their name on the model. Pretty unfortunate if you ask me… still it’s a simple, durable design that’s become a timeless and versatile seat over the years.
Stackable chairs are especially great for entertaining, but they’re also cool for everyday furniture too. Incorporating the classics is a growing trend and there’s a bunch of different ways to hop on the bandwagon with this one. A few of my favorites are in working spaces, outdoors and dining areas.
One popular stacking model is the Eames Molded Plastic Stacking Chair (pictured below). This brand and others like it adds a classic touch to any home office or workspace. I know a great space can really give your work a boost, so using stackable chairs is in your workspace is perfect because they remind me of the good ol’ school days… when I actually made it to class!
Classic stackables can also give any patio or backyard that organic, vintage feel too. And there’s nothing more organic that Mother Nature. Not to mention, outdoor entertaining usually involves a big crowd so extra seating is important. Fold or stack them away when guests leave and your backyard is back to normal. Easy!
I’ve also used stackable seating in my dining area for the same reasons. Mixing and matching styles and colors definitely add some extra spunk at the table. Or you can throw a new coat of paint on certain French models if you want to keep that industrial feel. Here are some cool examples of dining spaces I found that use this style of seating.
So folks, the moral behind this one is this: one man’s trash is definitely another’s treasure. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and reuse the classics in new ways. Who knows, you might score a bargain like I did AND solve your seating dilemma at a single yard sale.