In Search of the Perfect Plastic Chair

April 10, 2008 at 5:26 pm 2 comments

Modern furniture juxtaposed against a rustic interior can create a beautiful contrast.  So, I am searching for a contemporary chair for a great old beach cabin. My requirements are that the chair be tough, able to withstand water, sand and salt air; affordable, nobody is expecting these to last a lifetime; and relatively small, the house is used for many gatherings, so extra seating is a must. The chair needs to be able to work with an eclectic mix of antiques and basic upholstered pieces. So far, I’ve narrowed it down to the six chairs you see here: The Air Arm Chair by Jaspar Morrison for Magis ($118 or $95 with no arms), Joe Colombo Chair for Kartell ($223), Bellini Chair for Heller ($125), Supernatural Chair by Ross Lovegrove for Moroso ($200), Extra Chair by Xavier Lust for Driade ($160) and Selene Chair by Vico Magistretti ($185).  I selected these six because they are all plastic, I don’t think chrome would do well in salt air. The chairs are priced in the $100-$200 range and are under 21″ wide and deep. Right now I’m leaning towards the Air Chair and the Bellini chair. I think the designs are slightly elegant and chameleon-like. Any thoughts?


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  • 1. boikanyo  |  February 4, 2009 at 8:03 am

    i would like to know the price of the white chair (highlited)in the picture.where are you located?
    -do you sell chairs in bulk?
    -do you have a shop in south africa?

  • 2. tina  |  May 5, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Anita — great blog and you’re a girl after my own heart! i too have been trying to figure out what plastic chairs to get for my dining room. i LOVE kitsch and that is how i look at it — fine art meets kitsch. i’m going to do 2 each of 3 different colours. Or maybe one single colour, 6 different chairs.

    i love the Bellini chair and the Air Chair — i’m not at my home computer right now but i’ve done a TON of research and found some other great ones …….. since you don’t want chrome legs, they may not work for you however given the salt and sand (lucky girl!).

    Have you checked out U-Modern?

    The only problem i see is that many of the ones i love are not “cheap”. Where did you see the Air Chair for the price you mentioned? i’m seeing it w/o arms for more than that plus shipping.

    Well, have fun!


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