Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thrifted Thursday // A Pair of Vintage Bronze Brno Style Chairs

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Ah, the Brno chair; may it reign forever. Designed in 1929 by Mies Van der Rohe and Lilly Reich for the Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, it's the epitome of a modern classic and its clean cantilevered design, sleek lines and comfortable seat ensure that it will never go out of style.  It will work in almost any setting -- seriously, do a Pinterest search and you'll be amazed -- and is at home amongst pieces from every era and in every style.

It's such a design chameleon that Knoll still sells them (for a whopping $1919) and the vintage versions are in great demand on sites like Chairish (where a pair will run you around $1500). If you're not feeling overly flush at the moment but love the look,  this bronze pair in the style of the classic (by high-end commercial brand Brueton) that popped up this week for $300 might just fit the bill.
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Is the fabric attractive? No. Actually, HELL NO. It screams 1986 as loud as any song by Tiffany. But reupholstering a piece like this isn't overly expensive. If they were mine,  I'd reupholster them in a sexy white leather and have them flanking a fireplace, as guest seating in my (someday) home office or at the head and foot of a dining table.  They'd honestly look amazing pretty much anywhere...

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