Has anybody sat in the Midcentury Chair from Urban Outfitters? Is it by any chance comfortable?
· comments  · 05-8-2009 · categories:the home ·
// May 8, 2009 at 11:30 am
if you feel like a small project, go to the surplus store at u.w. they have a lot of great mid-century modern pieces that just need a bit of tlc. cheap and pretty cool.
// May 8, 2009 at 11:36 am
I won’t shop at Urban Outfitters (or Anthropologie either) so I can’t tell you. Here’s why (though this is an old-ish link): http://citizenship.typepad.com/isebrandcom/2006/10/okay_its_time_t.html
// May 8, 2009 at 11:39 am
Fert – Thanks, I didn’t know there was one (as I didn’t go to UW).
Veronica – Thank you, I’m aware of all the anti UO and Anthro arguments and generally look elsewhere.
// May 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm
It doesn’t look as great in person as it does online; I was pretty disappointed with the quality up-close. We were found a really great similar chair at Area 51 in Capitol Hill,and they seem to always have them in stock. Sometimes they post their inventory on Craigslist, too. I’ve also seen them for super cheap at Antique Importers in Pioneer Square, although those needed reupholstering.
// May 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm
To actually answer the question, yes, it is comfortable if your are going to sit in it for a while but it is not a comfy, curl up in chair. It looks good too.
// May 8, 2009 at 1:06 pm
I’ve got the teak hand-me-down version. Lourdes is correct, it is not a curl-up chair and it sits quite low.
// May 8, 2009 at 1:08 pm
I second the UW surplus store. It’s open to the public on Tuesday afternoons. They have some representative photos on their site. I think it’s cash only.
// May 8, 2009 at 1:13 pm
I have a couple of vintage chairs that look just like this and they are pretty comfy. I’ve been meaning to paint and re-upholster them… this may just be the inspiration I needed to actually do that project!
// May 8, 2009 at 1:16 pm
that whole link seemed a bit one-sided. i’d love to read what the CEO has to say to defend himself.
// May 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm
I haven’t sat in the chair, but when I was admiring the display model (it is pretty!) I noticed the dowels were coming out of their sockets and the whole thing felt a bit rickety. If you glue all of the joints it will probably hold up under light use, but for that price you could get a far sturdier chair and have it reupholstered.
// May 8, 2009 at 2:27 pm
Wow, that is pricey.
I had two chairs just like that, which I got from the Salvation Army. The style is comfy, even for long sits, though as stated above curl-up potential is limited.
// May 8, 2009 at 3:11 pm
You can find those EXACT style chairs at any Goodwill or Salvation army! They are comfy too!
// May 8, 2009 at 4:01 pm
Thank you so much to everybody for the advice, I’ll forget about these and keep my eyes open. Thanks for all the suggestions on places to look to find them, though I find it daunting since I rarely stumble across good stuff (no luck).
// May 8, 2009 at 7:33 pm
That chair looks just like the ones that my grandmother had when I was a little kid. I don’t remember them being very comfortable, but you can remove the cushions and build an excellent fort with them. :)
// May 8, 2009 at 9:16 pm
I’m yet another who will chime in with hitting your local thrift shops…or CraigsList. These chairs are everywhere. We have 3 in our house. Most you’ll find will need some TLC, but that UO price is OUTRAGEOUS!
// May 9, 2009 at 1:49 am
Hahaha… no, really, not ANY Goodwill or Salvation Army, sorry, peeps. :) Stuff like this is very difficult to find in my area (around Ohio State U. in Columbus) outside of vintage stores. You’ll notice if you read Apartment Therapy that the “Craigslist Finds” for the midwest *rarely* include anything in Columbus.
It can also be pretty difficult in Florida, because there’s been a population boom there since this furniture was current.
If you do live in an area where this kind of thing overpopulates every thrift store, be grateful for it.
// May 9, 2009 at 2:41 am
Jeeze, I want to know what thrift stores you guys go to. I’ve been looking for a vintage chair this style for ages. I never run across good mid-century scores at the thrifts in Seattle.
// May 9, 2009 at 5:48 am
I sat in it last weekend. It was comfortable, but not cozy comfortable. It would work well if the space is limited and you weren’t planning on taking a nap in it. It took up less real estate than similar chairs that I have tried at used furniture stores.
// May 9, 2009 at 7:34 am
I’m so glad a couple of people suggested the University of Washington surplus store – I’ve found some great furniture there for only $5 or $10 each. Worth checking out! It’s right near the Agua Verde Paddle Club – where you could also stop for coffee or happy hour…
// May 9, 2009 at 10:03 am
jjzach – Thank you, I sat in a similar style in a coffee shop recently and found it comfy, but I was pretty sure this UO chair would be smaller and probably less nice to sit in. Thanks for the confirmation! The space I was thinking of for it is tight so it might still be good.
// May 9, 2009 at 10:22 pm
My cousin had something similar. The back was pretty far back, so a small pillow was needed for lumbar support, otherwise it is decent. But I agree about it being non-cozy.
// May 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm
I’m pretty sure that style is referred to as Danish Modern, if that helps searching for one. We had a chair like that when I was growing up.
// May 10, 2009 at 7:11 pm
Seconding the recs for thrift stores and Craigslist. I have a chair basically exactly like that one (except nicer wood) that I bought for $50 on Craigslist–and I live in Manhattan!
// May 11, 2009 at 12:11 am
I find them relatively comfy- I used to have a vintage one like that in my apartment. But I sit in an eames shell chair much of the day (with a pillow at my back), so my opinion may be skewed. It is not something I would use as my only seating- I always also have a couch.
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