Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thrifted Thursday // A Pair of Bergère Chairs (and a few other deals I had to share)

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There is little in the world of interiors more malleable than a bergère chair. Like many of the best French designs, these beauties can morph from uber-traditional to funky to modern with a simple fabric change. They're like furniture chameleons.

This style of chair (which means “shepardess”) became popular in 17th century France amongst nobility. They're often made out of walnut or beechwood and always include exposed wooden framing and have an upholstered back and seat. Almost every large furniture company has/had a version and the really great ones have the most amazingly-comfortable proportions. As in, sit down an read a novel, comfort.
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Given the fact that they're so flexible,  these pieces can command quite a price (think $600 a pop) when they pop up on places like Chairish and One King's Lane so I was really pleased to find this pair on Craig's List this week for only $590! I can't say I'm a fan of the harlequin pattern but with some new upholstery, they could be awesome. If you're feeling adventurous, consider recovering them in a bold pattern (other than the harlequin). I just did a pair in an over-scale Ikat for a client and cannot wait to get them back from the upholsterers; they're going to be INSANE (and I'm going to be crazed with jealousy).

If those aren't your thing, check out these other fabulous chair finds:

Go. Buy. Rejoice ... and have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

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