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I know I say this every time I score something awesome from the thrift store but this may be my best find!
Last week, I spotted a pair of simple gray chairs at Saver’s.
I liked the cantilever style and clean lines:
The upholstery is in great condition but it's not my style. It's good enough to live with for now though!
Unfortunately, there was a woman sitting in one of the chairs sorting through her finds on the other chair so I didn’t get a great look at them.
We walked around the store hoping she would get up so we could get a closer look at them (and possibly buy them) but she wasn’t moving. I thought she was planning on buying the chairs so we left and went to a movie.
I couldn’t stop thinking about the chairs (I had already started making them over in my head haha) so I got up early the next morning to go back and see if they were there. Thankfully they were!
I love how the stainless steel tube wraps around the back of the chairs:
It's a perfect handle!
They were marked $5.99/each but Saver’s was offering 25% off everything just for having their store card. That discount brought the price for both chairs down to $9.71 (after taxes) or $4.85/chair!
My husband didn’t like that they looked like waiting room chairs but I told him we could use them as our new office chairs since I’m pondering an office makeover.
When I loaded the chairs into my car, I noticed a tag underneath that said “Gordon International”. It didn’t sound familiar so I did a little Google searching when I got home to see if I could dig up any info.
A few clicks later, I stumbled upon Gordon International’s website and found our chairs!
They’re the tubular version of the Brno Chair and were designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1930 for the Tugendhat house in Brno, Czechoslovakia.
[ Image via Gordon International ]
Knoll, Inc. is currently the only licensed manufacturer of the Brno chair. They’re having a 15% off sale right now but the chairs are still $1,400+ for one.
Several other people are selling the chairs anywhere from $689 for 1 chair to $9,600 for a set of 8, 10, or 12 chairs:
[ Image via Google Shopping ]
Before I knew anything about the chairs, I had planned to paint the arms black and reupholster the seats in Braemore’s Jamil leopard fabric so they’d look like this Photoshop mockup:
Now I don’t know what to do!
Part of me wants to update them to make them more my style but the other part of me knows they’re valuable (not that we’ll be selling them) and doesn’t want to alter them (other than cleaning the fabric)!
What would you do?