So let me tell you about the time I found two beautiful high back chairs in NYC. Ok actually they were in complete disrepair…but the bones were oh so good. They happened to be on 58th St. just a block or two down from Bergdorf Goodman and the Plaza Hotel. In a trash pile. My husband and I had just finished dinner at Club A, and we had stuffed ourselves silly with too much steak and too much wine (I would have done this even if I hadn’t had a few glasses of wine in me, but it seems like a really good idea because of it). We also happened to be a mile from our hotel. We walked past the chairs at first but immediately my mind started wandering. What if they were worth a lot of money? Were they true mid-century pieces? Were they sturdy? We made it a couple blocks before I just couldn’t bear it anymore and said we had to turn back. Then we saw a trash truck picking up trash and heading in the direction of the chairs. We were in a mad dash to get back to the chairs before the truck got them, and we made it with just seconds to spare…and then we began our mile-long trek back to the Hilton. With chairs on our heads.
This is what dreading the next mile looks like.
We may or may not have been the subject of many iPhone photographs by strangers as we walked block after block back to our hotel. Getting them through the lobby and up the elevator in the hotel was also a sight, but when I’m on a mission it takes a lot to embarrass me. We both woke up sore the next morning, but it was totally worth it. At least it was to me. Tom thinks I have a chair hoarding problem, but he’s a great sport 🙂
So this is what the chairs look like when they aren’t upside down. Great bones, right?
I found a few similar chairs online. This set is being sold for $3,600 on Chairish:
Needless to say, it was definitely worth picking these up out of the trash. I was supposed to ride the Greyhound Bus back to Maryland (classy, right?) but instead I rented an SUV and drove my two treasures back home. Now they are sitting on our covered deck as I figure out what fabric to get them upholstered in. I’m torn between stripes and palm leaves, although I’m open to other options as well. These will likely go in my family’s beach house in South Carolina, so I’m thinking I want a fun pattern that works with gray walls and a few turquoise accents. Here is my inspiration for the palm leaf option (although this is actually a banana leaf print and it’s way more money than I can spend. I’ve found an affordable option in the Tommy Bahama Waverly Swaying Palms fabric):