Do you know this feeling: the elation of solving a small problem that has been occupying an outsized percentage of your mental space?
I am feeling that feeling right now.
I am elated.
Perhaps you are wondering what problem has had me tied up in a knot?
I told you it was a small problem.
I bought a pair of these chairs in 2005, when I was single, shortly after moving into my current apartment. They are Victorian reproductions, probably from the 1920s or 30s and I hipped them up by having them re-covered with white cotton duck, which I trimmed with double-welting made from a red and white toile.
I love them in my lavender kitchen.
Unfortunately, they are not incredibly comfortable.
Since getting married, I seem to spend more time sitting in the kitchen. This is partly because I spend more time eating meals at home (prepared by The Photographer) and partly because my marriage has coincided with improvements in communications and technology that make it very easy for me to work from home.
The Photographer spends a lot of time in the kitchen, even when I am not around.
So I decided several years ago to purchase more comfortable chairs for the kitchen.
Oh, were the decision as easy to execute as to make!
I’ve been looking for the right chair for two years.
Last week, I found it: the Remix Side Chair from Knoll.
How charming is this? It incorporates principles of ergonomic design (the seat back flexes!) but has neo-classical lines (as if Michael Graves had reinterpreted a chair by Adams). And if I elect casters, they’ll look like claw-and-ball feet. C’est parfait.
Finding the chair is more than half the battle and the customization that remains is the fun part: fabric, finish, casters.
I have to talk to the showroom about whether there are any choices for the color of the legs. It may be that black is the only choice. But if there is a steel grey or white, I might opt for one of those. I can always have them painted an exciting color later.
Casters might be a terrible idea on a hardwood floor, so I would only consider locking casters. I found two websites that sell nothing but casters, which I will explore at my leisure. Something translucent might be fun.
Now fabric. I have a few ideas.
More will be revealed. Have a fantastic weekend!
The photos of me are from old posts: Chameleon Jacket; A Rainbow of Non-Colors; The Directrice On Location. Reuse, reduce, recycle.