A Chair-tastic Weekend

This weekend I owe all of my finds to Tammy. With phone calls and texts she lured me away from what was shaping up to be a nearly a shopping-free weekend to a couple of pretty good sales. While there were some smalls and other fun finds to be had, I’m most excited about a crop of chairs that made their way home with me.

Tammy: “I saw a sale in town and it has some things you might like. Did you get my email?”

Austin: “No, let me go check…”

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And within seconds of seeing this chair I was out the door and on my way, before even getting off the phone with Tammy. She knows me well. I love this chair. It has unusual proportions and beautiful sculptural arms and legs.

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And it’s comfortable too. I know because, despite being filthy from years of storage and unglued at nearly every joint, the lady selling it insisted I sit down and try it out. “Oh…(choking on a massive dust cloud)…it is comfortable.” What makes it so comfortable is the unusual suspension system.

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I’ve seen rubber straps, metal springs and even fiberglass mesh used to hold up seats, but I’ve never seen an “Elasta Seat” rubber mat like this. Fortunately it’s in excellent condition. The upholstery on the other hand is more than past its prime. It will eventually be making a trip to the upholsterer.

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There was no shortage of chairs at this sale, I also nabbed this Danish teak number.

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And other than needing a little cleaning and some new foam, he’s in pretty good shape. I wasn’t able to dig up much information on Durup Polstermobelfabrik, though.

IMG_7447And for an American take on the loose-cushion lounge chair I also found this.

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But my most questionable chair decision of the entire weekend (possibly the year) is this big fella.

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As I was perusing boxes in a garage packed to the rafters I saw just a corner of this chair peaking out from under an enormous pile of drapes. Seeing it had caught my eye, the lady told me she had custom ordered it from Selig in 1973. I excitedly unearthed it—and then realized the upholstery was ruined. Destroyed actually. And it’s totally the best part of the chair.

IMG_7455I know, right? Sadness. Initially I left it behind—physically. But it was on my mind the whole afternoon. So, I shot my upholsterer a quick picture and asked for a rough estimate. The price wasn’t as scary as I thought, so I eventually caved and bought the chair and matching ottoman. It’s probably not the worst $20 I ever spent. I just kept thinking about how it was buried in that garage and would probably get thrown away eventually. So I took pity and took it in.

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Despite its “loved to death” appearance, the lady’s late husband was right: “it’s one of the most comfortable chairs I’ve ever sat in.”

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2 Comments

  1. Lisa
    Posted June 4, 2015 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    I am interested in finding the Elasta SEAT product….do you have any idea of where I might be able to get it??

    • Austin
      Posted June 4, 2015 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

      Unfortunately I do not. I did a little research and the Acushnet company that originally made Elasta-Seat also made golf equipment and is still the company behind Titlest golfballs as well as other golf brands. Unfortunately their industrial products division was sold off and now appears to only make specialty rubber parts for the auto industry. I’m not sure if any companies produce a similar product today.

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