Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I still haven't started my 12 x 12 piece for this challenge. The theme is "chairs" and it isn't that I don't have an idea, it is that I probably have too many and can't settle on anything. I just love chairs. Maybe that's a given. Maybe everyone loves chairs. After all, we all use them every day.

I was thinking back about all the times I have posted something about a chair on this blog. Like this one; or this one, probably my favorite chair story. I showed you this old chair, and this one, which I made look like this, and this one that I made look like this. Good friends, every one of those chairs.

Yesterday I walked around the house looking at chairs for inspiration. This one will not be the subject of my 12 x 12 piece, but this is a good, old chair too.

It is a classic. A workhorse. A homely chair for sure. I use this chair at my sewing machine and I like it because the height can be adjusted, the back can be adjusted for just the right spot and it rolls around. This chair was in my Dad's office for years and years and the orange Naugahyde upholstery is original and in perfect condition. This chair and I—we're a team.


  1. Even expensive things of today often cannot concur with yesterdays average stuff, can they? What we buy as a working chair often is just a facade of a working chair, but collapses within weeks, if you have bad luck.

  2. Anonymous8:39 PM

    Hmmmm, chairs. Do we want to speak of my black and red Karl Lagerfeld chair wallpaper border that I've never had the nerve to put up, but had to buy....just because? And why it's still sitting in my attic after, oh, 10 years or so? I have a weakness for chairs too.

  3. Do you have Urban Home stores in Oregon? They had an ad today with just chairs. It was great!

  4. I have a chair like your dad's. Mine is green Naugahyde, but it is not in perfect condition. Mine rolls around in my sewing room.
    While you are thinking about chairs, you might want to find the book, Home: A Short History of an Idea by Witold Rybczynski. He tells us that the idea of "comfort" was not known in the Middle Ages. They did not have chairs to sit around in -- just stools, benches, and sleeping pads. (There were a few straight, stiff ceremonial chairs for special personages.)It is hard to imagine life without chairs.