A Lucky Day

Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen
Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen

Scandinavian design, noted for its simplicity and functionality, is a popular contemporary style.  Said to have emerged in the 1950’s, it is possible it was influenced by earlier work.

Blue Chair by Eliel Saarinen
Blue Chair by Eliel Saarinen

Take the Blue Chair, for example, a classic by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen. Designed for his wife in 1929 and now in MOMA’s collection, it has characteristics similar to newer pieces.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn 1983, a limited edition was released by Adelta.  I had seen the original chair in a book of classic furniture and fallen in love with it but never thought about owing one.  Some years later, on a very lucky day, I stumbled across two in a resale shop.  They had just been brought in by a designer who was redoing a client’s office and didn’t think they would go with her proposed new style.  I could hardly contain my excitement and snapped them up as soon as the shop owner gave me a price.  I didn’t even bother to bicker because I was sure I was getting a very good deal!

Blue chairThe chair’s dark teal color, with its gold accents outlined in dark green, easily mixes with a variety of colors and could fit in with any number of decorating styles.  Isn’t that what we look for in classic design no matter what the medium?

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6 thoughts on “A Lucky Day

  1. How fun is it to come upon something you’ve loved for years but never dreamed of owning. I’d love to see how you use them in your decor. That would be a challenge for me. Their lines and design are so strong… so beautiful I don’t know I could do them justice.

    All the best for a blessed Easter!

  2. Very cool Lulu, congrats on spotting what others would have walked on by.

  3. Don’t you love it when things like that happen?? Meant to be for sure…and it’s a gorgeous color! Enjoy it!

  4. Lucky you! I think these are terrific. I’m impressed that you knew what they were. Glad they found an appreciative new home.

  5. I had two chairs similar to the top one, in the late 1960’s. They were bright orange. I like the blue chairs much better. 🙂

  6. I love them! Thanks for the info on this classic chair. I love mid-century furniture. Lucky you for finding them.

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