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luvlac64
February 12, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Please pick what you think are the best chairs to go with this Saarinen marble table. Would like to finally make a decision this week. Thank you!
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Goodness, what else would I pick but a Saarinen tulip chair, the chair that Saarinen designed to go with the table. I lived in a dormitory at Vassar College, named Noyes House, which he designed, and the lounge was full of his tables and chairs. I passed many a happy hour there playing bridge when I should have been studying.
Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
February 12, 2013 at 6:30PM     
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carolannr
And they are comfortable!
February 12, 2013 at 6:40PM   
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Lydia (Kazza Design)
Try the Henriksdal chair from Ikea with a grey slip cover. If I may add, you could remove the blinds and install some great linen curtains or some sheers.
February 12, 2013 at 6:43PM     
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luvlac64
Carolyn those are high on the list, although my reservation is that it's a small space and the 4 pedestals on the chairs would overpower the space. Thoughts on that?
February 12, 2013 at 7:42PM   
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luvlac64
Lydia, thank you I'm trying to stay post modern with the chairs. I like the idea about replacing the verticals. They have got to go!!
February 12, 2013 at 7:43PM   
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ruthbrog
You can go with a lucite chair or stainless chair theres a company Nuevo or trica that has some really nice chairs
February 12, 2013 at 7:45PM     
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JWinteriors
Go to houzz.com....click on products..click on furniture..then dining chairs and contemporary. All great ideas pop up. A lucite chair, retro chairs, etc. all with prices and sources. I love houzz!
February 12, 2013 at 7:59PM     
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Terri Symington, ASID
I used an acrylic chair with a similar table, which works great with a small space to give it a more open feeling. Terri Symington, ASID, RID
February 12, 2013 at 8:04PM     
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karen paul interiors
This was developed by le Corbusier in 1928. It is available in 8 colors and is available through DWI. Nice thing about this chair is it swivels.
February 12, 2013 at 8:05PM     
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lewis + smith
Bertoia chair is more comfortable than it looks.
February 12, 2013 at 8:05PM     
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karen paul interiors
The first one I sent is practical with swivel and is a classic. However, this next one is my all time favorite, but it depends on how dressy you want. It IS more traditional.
February 12, 2013 at 8:32PM     
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karen paul interiors
This final one is a good modern/transitional choice and is available thru Holly Hunt. Very chic with beautiful fluid lines.
February 12, 2013 at 8:35PM     
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luvlac64
Wow all these chairs look great with the table!! So far I like the acrylic chairs and the modern ones from Holly Hunt. Very classy.
February 12, 2013 at 8:57PM   
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Susan Mills Design
Saw this picture and thought these would look interesting in this space.
February 12, 2013 at 9:11PM     
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Darzy
Wow..I like all of these chair suggestions. You can't go wrong!
February 12, 2013 at 9:13PM   
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Susan Mills Design
Is that greens or blues in your art? Or both?
February 12, 2013 at 9:13PM     
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Darzy
So many options....

February 12, 2013 at 9:16PM     
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luvlac64
Susan-- greens.
February 12, 2013 at 9:18PM   
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Urbana ~ Designer Ellen Crystal
The tulip arm chair is the classic with your table!!!!
February 12, 2013 at 9:18PM     
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mveasey
If you want to stay with the Saarinen look:
February 12, 2013 at 9:23PM     
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Susan Mills Design
But then I saw this...
February 12, 2013 at 9:26PM     
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Susan Mills Design
Ah greens, lovely. Will keep in mind.
February 12, 2013 at 9:27PM     
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hollybar
So many great chairs. Eames La Fonda.

February 12, 2013 at 9:29PM     
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Blinds Direct Canada
I would remove the vertical blinds and replace them with Ripplefold sheers or drapes. It will make the space alot more modern and up to date.
February 13, 2013 at 6:42AM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
luvlac, you mentioned that you liked the Saarinen chair but perhaps did not have the space for it. Be aware that it also comes armless and thus less is of a space grabber.
February 13, 2013 at 6:46AM     
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luvlac64
Those are very nice blinds. To Carolyn, I like the armless tulip chairs very much. The knolls would blow my budget out of the water, and I've heard that the reproductions are all poor quality.
February 13, 2013 at 9:23AM   
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Liza Jane Interiors
I LOVE the chairs that Karen Paul Interiors chose. They are very cool. Depends on what the rest of your house looks like??? I always prefer mixing furniture pieces rather than matching.
February 13, 2013 at 9:33AM     
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sloffler
Susan Mills Design nailed it with her modern acrylic take on a dutch parlor chair with the Anime Lucite Dining Chair. VoilĂ ! Bam!
February 13, 2013 at 10:00AM     
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luvlac64
Rest of the condo is modern with the mid century pieces (like the Saarinen table seen here).
February 13, 2013 at 10:20AM   
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aniluap2
Ghost chairs would look godd as well and virtually disappear if space is an issue.
February 13, 2013 at 10:29AM   
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Susan Mills Design
Sloffler, love the Voila! Blam!
February 13, 2013 at 11:01AM     
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Susan Mills Design
I love the shape of the tulip armless chair. I can see it around the table in this space. With the vertical lines of the blinds, and all the reflective surfaces, including the vertical shadows on the art wall, I think they would give the space some needed solidity. As much as I love lucite, unless they had cushions, I think would add more reflection and less of the presence needed.
February 13, 2013 at 11:08AM     
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luvlac64
Susan I like how you think. You're good.
February 13, 2013 at 11:22AM     
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Peartree
I think any of the MCM suggestions such as the tulip, pantone, eames or the bertoia would work very well but you could also consider a modern chair such as the Cebu which comes in white, red or black.
February 13, 2013 at 11:28AM     
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lewis + smith
building by Saarinen, sculpture by Bertoia- MIT chapel
February 13, 2013 at 5:04PM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Beautiful! What a vision he had!
February 13, 2013 at 5:24PM     
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Darren Bezdek
FYI, the Knoll Tulip Chairs are going on sale at YLiving starting on Feb 25, 2013 along with rest of the Knoll Classics.
Here is a link to the armless tulip chair: http://www.yliving.com/knoll-tulip-armless-chair.html
-Darren, Director of Online Marketing, YLiving.com
February 15, 2013 at 11:23AM     
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luvlac64
Thank you all for your great suggestions. I decided to go with the classic Eames plastic chairs. Charles and Eero were friends and so I think it's a good pairing. Though the tulip chairs would have been the natural choice, I didn't want them to match the table exactly. Plus the Eames chairs fit my budget where as the tulip chairs did NOT. Thanks again. Happy day.
February 16, 2013 at 1:58PM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I like that reasoning!
February 16, 2013 at 2:01PM     
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lewis + smith
looks great.
February 16, 2013 at 7:43PM     
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Danielle B
Here is a picture of our condo kitchenette. The chairs and table are replicas from Ikea. The chairs are very comfortable. Thought it might help to actually see this type of table with chairs.
February 16, 2013 at 8:01PM     
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