According to our reliable source at Cheapism, July is a good month to look for deals on furniture. “Come August, the second semi-annual wave of new furniture models will hit stores. To make room on the showroom floor, furniture retailers must rid themselves of current inventory. Look for big discounts on furniture this month.”
Now, people sometimes LOVE their chairs. Who knew a chair could evoke such passion and emotion?
Katja Prensal, decorator extraordinaire and curator of Skimbaco Lifestyle, has been furnishing her new home since this spring. “I have a feeling it’ll be a while before we have this new house decorated. Like with any house, it is better to live in first and then see what you really want to do with your space. Already now some of the things that I thought I like are not working too well, and we have already moved some furniture.” And now for the emotion: “The IKEA couch we ordered came, and while I LOVE the Barcelona chairs, I actually like it better now when we separated the two Barcelona chairs and added the couch in the living room.” The ALL CAPS exclamation is working for me, so I found a few different styles of Barcelonas to put on my ShopAdvisor watchlist.
Barcelona LOVE #1 Barcelona LOVE #2 Barcelona LOVE #3
Our good friends at Remodelista are always on the lookout for something functional that is also pleasing to the senses. Janet, one of the Remodelista’s six curators, made the Tolix A Industrial Chair the top entry in one of her recent tried-and-true Ten Easy Pieces collections (Colorful Outdoor Dining Chairs). Janet refers to the Tolix A as legendary. That’s fairly emotional, for a chair, no?
A similar industrial style has caught the fancy of Joel Pirela (a graphic and industrial designer and edged weapons expert) of Blue Ant Studio, where the Emeco Chair is a favorite. Joel bestows the chair with the title of “aluminum icon.” You can almost hear the baited breath in the review: “Several things come thru my mind once I admire the greatest aluminum chair of all times…” One characteristic the former Navy man particularly admires: “spot welds on the top of the back bars are visible as a constant remainder that this chair is bomb proof.” Sounds perfect for my place. Time to watch.
Over at Bliss – the name alone conjures a racing heart – Traci French “shares her idea of pretty” and “hopes you think so too.” If the effusive comments on her site are any indication (e.g., “Oh man….heart, heart, heart!”), she has succeeded. One of her popular features, i heart monday, puts some love in the start of the work week with an always stunning collection of clothing, jewelry, shoes and household items. One find this past Monday was the Blu Dot Toro Lounge Chair. Traci’s taste is not governed by price tags, and this piece runs over $1,000 most months. According to ShopAdvisor, it can dip down to as low as $900. I’ll watch it, and will let Traci know when it drops. That ought to get a few more hearts on her site. <3
i heart this chair
Another trustworthy source for the off-the-beaten path is BlessThisStuff, where the curators have discovered the Tip Ton chair, “a solid plastic chair that has a forward-tilt action that will help your health apparently, it straightens the pelvis and spine and thus improves circulation to the abdominal and back muscles.” Hey, anything that strengthens the pelvis, I’m all for it. I’m watching this one.
Strong pelvis, here I come!
At Home Designing, the editors ask “Beautiful Recliners: Do They Exist?” – a dead giveaway that the usual emotive response to a barcalounger is yecch. And, indeed, the article does dig up some, uh, unusual pieces of furniture. It’s not too often one hears the words bizarre, precarious, unsettling, and collapse to describe something the observer otherwise considers beautiful. And, at almost $2,000, other vocabulary comes to mind. But, worth watching.
Beautiful, precarious and unsettling…
The staff at Casual Living named the Mod Lounger the product of the day back in March. The designer “started with organic shapes intended to promote a fun and engaging form for children, and added to it adult ergonomics and scale.” Fun and ergonomic! According to ShopAdvisor, the price on the Mod Lounger has dipped to $400, so if you are patient, watching may pay off. Meanwhile, if you want to see emotion, catch me when one of my kids moves from lounging to cavorting on my $499 chair!
Offi Mod Lounger
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