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the story of my mid-century modern dining chairs

June 25

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A few of my blog posts on other topics have revealed small peeks at my mid-century modern dining chairs and it wasn’t until one saf affect readers recently asked about these chairs that I realized I’d not as yet shared the serendipitous story of how I acquired six of these unique chairs from two different sources.

I first shared the tale of these chairs in my first ever blog post as a guest blogger with styleNorth back in 2009. So appropriate it is that I share this story now, this being my 200th post on saf affect.

When looking to upgrade my dining set from my grandmother’s hand-me-down, I combed Craigslist, Kijiji and the mid-century stores on Toronto’s Queen Street (East and West), as well as hunting at Goodwill, church sales, etc. for the right teak chairs. Then one day I spotted my perfect dining chairs on Kijiji – a woman in Ancaster, ON was selling a teak credenza and hutch and in one corner of one of the photos I spied what were to be my chairs. I emailed the seller and convinced her to let me come take a look at the chairs, which she and her husband had purchased in Hamilton, ON in the 1970s. I loved the unique, carved backs reminiscent of Hans Wegner’s wishbone chair and I purchased the set of four chairs for $300.

Ideally I wanted six chairs, so I figured I’d pick up a pair of  teak chairs of another style and then reupholster all six in the same fabric. But then a number of weeks later, I spotted what looked like teak chairs in the trash at the curb driving home one evening. I drove around the block and was astonished to discover that these cast-offs were an exact match to my chairs at home! I’m all about recycling so I snagged the chairs, which sadly, were in pieces. I had the chairs repaired by Maple Leaf Furniture in Toronto, at a cost of $175 each, but it was absolutely worth it to have a set of six (and to keep the pair out of landfill). I then reupholstered all six chairs in a nubby tweed fabric I picked up at Vancouver’s now closed Textile Clearance House for only $5.99 a yard.

With the help of styleNorth’s  Chris Jones, who sent my photos of my chairs to Mike Goreki at Winnipeg’s Scandinavia Modern I learned that the design is the Juliane chair by Johannes Andersen, originally manufactured by Uldum Mobelfabrik and later, by Vamo Sønderborg. However, I suspect that my chairs are reproductions because they lack the required maker’s marks. But the fact that they are reproductions doesn’t affect my enjoyment of the chairs one bit.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25 8:05 am

    Score! They’re gorgeous…and so much more fun to get chairs after a hunt.

  2. June 27 10:42 am

    Love, Love, Love! I must start driving behind you!


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