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where can I find chairs like these?

chairs in a bar lobby at the Luxor

We have an empty space in our dining room that we’ve been meaning to fill with two chairs. We see ourselves sitting there in the morning sipping coffee and reading the paper (well, reading the morning news on various mobile devices). But it’s a small space and I cannot find chairs that I like and which would fit. Most chairs I find in the furniture stores I frequent (which is mostly limited to Ikea and Crate and Barrel) have too large a footprint, those that are small enough are like a mini version of an overstuffed chair and just aren’t comfortable. I’d like something bit a little bit of a cushion and with arms (no slipper chairs, unfortunately) but the space we have doesn’t allow for the boxy upholstered chairs I find everywhere.

I keep seeing chairs in lobbies and lounges that I like a lot. Above are some chairs at a bar in the Luxor in Vegas, and below are some spotted on an episode of Bones. (I’m glad nobody was home to see me gasp and rewind Tivo to take photographs of the screen.) But I cannot seem to figure out where one would buy chairs like these. Does anybody know? Or do you know what words I should be using to look for this kind of chair? If so pipe up before I start walking into hotel lobbies and demanding to speak with their decorator.

chairs in a hotel lobby as seen on the tv show Bones, which I happily admit I watch

· comments [55] · 07-22-2010 · categories:the home ·

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  • 1 brie // Jul 22, 2010 at 2:31 am

    I would suggest looking for a commercial furniture store that sells office furniture (or hotel furniture). I’m guessing that’s where this type of stuff comes from. I did a quick Google search and found this place in the UK: http://www.laytrad.co.uk/products_1_9_91.htm. I’m sure there must be places like that in the US, too. (Also, for the record I’m not affiliated with that company. I’m just a nerdy librarian who likes to search for things on the Internet!)

  • 2 kelly // Jul 22, 2010 at 3:44 am

    When my husband was laid off, the company he worked for gave away a huge heap of waiting room chairs to it’s employees. We joked that the chair he brought home was his severance package. Maybe you could find specialty auctions involved in company liquidations?

  • 3 Jacqueline // Jul 22, 2010 at 4:22 am

    Try looking at Office Furniture Stores

  • 4 Anne // Jul 22, 2010 at 4:43 am

    I work at a large furniture store in Massachusetts. Jacqueline’s rec is good, but really, any home office area of a furniture store could help, too. And as for demanding to see their decorator? You won’t be the first, I can promise you! If you love something specific, I would call them, and get the name of the item, and go online to find a vendor. There could even be a fan site where you could find the chairs from the Bones episode. (says the woman who’s tracked down clothes she’s liked….)

  • 5 Elle G // Jul 22, 2010 at 5:18 am

    Here’s one from CB2, Crate and Barrel’s Mod offshoot: http://www.cb2.com/family.aspx?c=106&f=5377

  • 6 Leslie // Jul 22, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Have you checked out Design Within Reach (www.dwr.com)? Super pricey, but these are the classics. On the other end of the spectrum, target.com seems to have a few knock-offs that won’t break the bank.

  • 7 Monique // Jul 22, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Call the Luxor and ask for contact information for their design firm. It might take a little bit of phone transfering to find somebody who actually knows who the designer is, but they will be happy to give it to you. We own a resort, and people ask us where we got things all the time.

    And if that doesn’t work, look in thrift stores for versions that you can re-cover.

  • 8 Carrie // Jul 22, 2010 at 5:32 am

    Have you tried Room & Board? http://www.roomandboard.com/rnb/ They just opened a store here in DC and I can’t wait to go there. Also, a bit more pricey, is Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. But they have a separate site for furniture that they sell to hotels. http://www.mgbwhome.com/ I can hit both stores this weekend if you need better pics than they have on the website.

  • 9 Elise // Jul 22, 2010 at 5:49 am

    You could try EQ3. It’s a Canadian-based company but on their website, they have a US affiliate. It’s a tad pricey though. (www.eq3.com)

  • 10 Patr // Jul 22, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Try: http://www.designgallerie.com/

    The website needs work, but do a search on ‘chair’….we have a showroom in Dallas and I love the sleek styles. High quality furnishings. My boss has a living room set that is 20 years old and it still looks new.

  • 11 kat // Jul 22, 2010 at 6:04 am

    I was going to suggest Design Within Reach as well, they have a store in SF. Also look at Room & Board. We have a tiny 80 year old bungalow & needed to find some smaller scale chairs & they were the only ones who had anything. We got the Quinn chair & it has a smaller footprint & is comfortable.

  • 12 Marianne // Jul 22, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Those are vaguely Hollywood Regency-ish. They are derived from Danish Modern styles. Not sure what you want to spend but boconcept.us has some lovely stuff. I also like CB2 for reasonably priced modern furniture.

  • 13 Fiona // Jul 22, 2010 at 6:45 am

    I’m having the same problem. I’m moving into a smallish studio, and I’m getting the Karlstad sofa but need just one small, stylish chair to sit across from it. DWR…yeah, not in my budget.

  • 14 Molly // Jul 22, 2010 at 6:47 am

    You’re in Seattle, right? I would check Ducky’s downtown or the Cort clearance outlet in Tukwila. Both have lightly used rental office furniture for sale.

  • 15 LauraVW // Jul 22, 2010 at 7:15 am

    I could try to fit two of these in my suitcase for you when I fly to the US later this year:
    http://www.habitat.co.uk/fcp/product/browse/Armchair/10001350
    I wonder if there are special companies that supply furniture to property developers? Here in the UK, where homes are much smaller, if you were to tour a show home that was up for sale, it’s likely the furniture they’d put in place would be a little smaller than the norm, to make the space seem bigger and more saleable.

  • 16 Laura // Jul 22, 2010 at 7:25 am

    You might try CSN (http://www.csnstores.com/). Their website is massive and there are stores within stores, but they have pretty much every design aesthetic you could imagine. Also, check local office furnishings places (NOT the stuff in office supply places, but a store or showroom devote to higher end office furnishings).

  • 17 Liz // Jul 22, 2010 at 7:29 am

    What about the inexpensive versions from Ikea:

    Tullsta: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60100879
    Patrik:
    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60064621

  • 18 Jillian // Jul 22, 2010 at 7:46 am

    I would try doing a search for modern hospitality or office furniture. Based on where you’re spotting them, they’re probably from a commercial furniture line. Unfortunately, you may need to contact a designer to help you get them.

  • 19 jinx2 // Jul 22, 2010 at 7:57 am

    there’s a furniture store in the magnolia neighborhood that sells mid-century furniture. you might be able to find something there. it’s called “the house”. (http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-house-seattle)

  • 20 mma // Jul 22, 2010 at 8:05 am

    It’s expensive, but you might try The Century House. If you find something you like, you could always google it to find it cheaper elsewhere.

    http://www.centuryhouseinc.com/furniture/living-room/chairs.html

    PS – I find it absolutely charming that you are distracted by furniture while watching Bones. I myself am distracted by Emily Deschanel’s makeup. It’s flawless!

  • 21 sarah // Jul 22, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Here is one similar to your pics but they have others as well: http://hivemodern.com/pages/products.php?view=sub_product&sid=1317

    Two chairs you might like are at bottom of this page: http://www.conranusa.com/productlist.aspx?cid=Armchairs&language=en-US

  • 22 Heather // Jul 22, 2010 at 8:14 am

    The ones at the bottom are Saarinen executive armchairs. They’re $800 or 900 new but shouldn’t be too hard to find vintage. The top ones look familiar. Maybe blu dot?

  • 23 randomdesgin // Jul 22, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Ah, Heather beat me to it!

    The chairs in the bottom photo are Saarinen executive arm chairs which you can generally find on eBay and reupholster. Here’s some with wood legs:
    http://bit.ly/cwDeFg

    For brand new and economical, I would suggest CB2 and West Elm. Blu Dot is good too.

  • 24 Quiana // Jul 22, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Dania. They had a number of smaller chairs there that were pretty nice.

    I was pondering getting rid of my desk and putting a small reading chair there. But then where would I sew? I guess I’ll have to keep dreaming.

  • 25 Elise // Jul 22, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Hi, I’ve been reading your blog for a long time, I really like it but I’ve never said a word until now. I’m dying to get similar chairs, I’ve looked into some from a norwegian designer that I really like. It’s not a chair and not a sofa, maybe some sort of modern love seat. http://www.designbasen.no/firma/froeystad-klock-article4929-654.html?projectId=14330
    I have no idea if they’re avaliable outside norway, but they’re nice to look at anyways?

  • 26 Daryn // Jul 22, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Since you’re in Seattle, I’d check out Velocity (SLU), Chartreuse (Belltown), and Area 51 (Cap Hill).

  • 27 Daryn // Jul 22, 2010 at 9:35 am

    CB2 has some nice “apartment-sized” stuff too.

  • 28 Lynnette // Jul 22, 2010 at 9:39 am

    The Saarinen chairs are from Knoll…they also have other models and sizes….you could try the BOB chair from Steelcase, not sure who the Steelcase dealers are in Seattle but you could google..try their website.

  • 29 lelly // Jul 22, 2010 at 9:47 am

    i’m a hotel manager, and i can tell you that you would not be the first person to inquire about where we find our lobby furnishings. i’m always happy to oblige with any info i have, which usually includes at least the make/model.

    good luck!

  • 30 Elizabeth // Jul 22, 2010 at 10:44 am

    There are some chairs on overstock that might work. The first is here http://tinyurl.com/2e88bw7 and the second one has a pretty odd fabric, but is cheap enough to recover http://tinyurl.com/27ydeb2 .

  • 31 Jocelyn // Jul 22, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Try copycatchic.com, she takes reader requests.

  • 32 Val Ann C // Jul 22, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Local Seattle comment:

    I second the recommendation for “The House” in Magnolia. All their stuff is vintage, not new. I’ve bought from them. They had some gorgeous slipper chairs awhile back. They have a big turnover. Ask them to keep an eye out for what you want. http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-house-seattle

    Also, Antika in Greenwood has lots of mid-century, and they seem very knowledgeable. And it’s really fun to browse there. http://antikaantiques.com/

    I’ve bought some nice pieces from Ryan in Wallingford, who sells mid-century out of his house. If you want his info, email me.

  • 33 Maureen // Jul 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

    You might try office furniture. My friend sells to developers of apartment complexes etc. but he is here on the right coast. You could also try places that sell used furniture from model homes or hotels.

  • 34 Jessica // Jul 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Try Space Oddity in Ballard, if you don’t mind used. Or do a search for club chairs. I think that is what they are generally called. Good luck!

  • 35 ljc // Jul 22, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I have a friend who, whenever he sees a chair he likes, turns it over and looks for a sticker with information. Not because he doesn’t know where to find it but he then goes directly to the company to buy it to avoid extra costs at a furniture store. You might look nutty, but the next time you see a chair you like, check out the bottom?

  • 36 megan // Jul 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you so much for all these suggestions! And thanks to those who pointed out that the chairs in the second photo are Saarinen, I’ve been peeking at them on Ebay. I wonder if I could find one to sit in?

    Elise – That Tosom chair looks like my favorite so far!
    http://www.designbasen.no/firma/froeystad-klock-article4929-654.html?projectId=14330

    Lynnette – The Steelcase stuff looks good. I’m actually really liking these. Would eleminate the need for a tiny coffee table. Ok, maybe not.
    http://www.steelcase.com/en/products/category/seating/lounge/sidewalk/pages/overview.aspx
    These look lovely, but way too expensive for me:
    http://www.coalesse.com/products/290/8/Lounge|Lobby/Passerelle

    I have been keeping an eye on CB2 and West Elm but it seems like all the chairs they come out with that would work only come in one color (sage green, or the tangerine one that CB2 currently has). We’ve sat in lots of chairs at Ikea and none of them are quite what I’m looking for — the longer we look the more picky I get about small details.

    Why didn’t it occur to me to check Overstock already?

    I’ll take a look at the various suggestions and report back if I find something. Maybe I can sweet talk my way into the Seattle Design Center to have a look around and find myself a designer to buy something.

  • 37 Megan // Jul 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    How about the Tatiana accent chair from Best Home Furnishings?

    http://www.besthf.com

    Don Willis Furniture is a Seattle-area dealer. We just bought a huge custom wall unit from them a few weeks ago, and they have the best prices we’ve seen.

  • 38 megan // Jul 22, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    LJC – Good tip, thanks. Also, hi there!

  • 39 Lane // Jul 22, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    The Interior Designer for the Luxor Liquidity Bar is Hamilton Anderson Associates

    Here’s their info:
    http://www.hamilton-anderson.com/es/night.html

  • 40 Maggi // Jul 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    You can probably sit in a Saarinen chair at the Design Within Reach store on 1st Ave, or perhaps at one of the stores on this list? http://www.nwsource.com/shopping/guides/modstyle_052404.html

    xox
    m

  • 41 Maggi // Jul 22, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Whoops, some of those have already been mentioned! I also loooooove Inform Interiors and Seva in SLU. You know the mirror-door buffet in our dining/living room? That came from Seva. Good stuff there.

  • 42 rebecca // Jul 23, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Re: the Seattle Design Center–more and more to-the-trade showrooms have programs to let non-designers shop. I peeked at SDC’s site and they offer that as well, so don’t worry about sneaking in!

  • 43 Penny // Jul 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Show the picture to the people at Couch. They might be able to make them for you:
    http://ecocouch.wordpress.com/

  • 44 Tina // Jul 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    I know the feeling. My front door is 27 inches wide. Try fitting any of the furniture they’re selling now through that!

  • 45 Lori // Jul 25, 2010 at 4:32 am

    The Room and Board Quinn Chair is very similar, and not crazy expensive:

    http://www.roomandboard.com/rnb/product/detail.do?productGroup=3165&catalog=filter&menuCatalog=room&menuSubcategory=201206

  • 46 Heidi // Jul 25, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I agree with Monique. I am a designer and we would get that kind of call occasionally. Also, you can call the front desk at an off time and beg the person to go and turn the chair over, there is often a tag SOMEWHERE on the piece that tells how made it. Then you can go from there. Good luck!

  • 47 Clearly Composed // Jul 25, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    http://www.roomandboard.com/rnb/product/detail.do?productGroup=3096&catalog=filter&menuCatalog=room&menuSubcategory=201206

  • 48 Jessie // Jul 26, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Have you looked at Retrofit Home on Capitol Hill? I always see some cool looking chairs whenever I walk past. They’re at 1103 E Pike St.
    http://retrofithome.homestead.com/index.html.

  • 49 Kathy Hofmann // Jul 26, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Have you tried West Elm?

  • 50 Courtney // Jul 28, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Have you looked @ west elm. They have some smaller arm chairs. I love this one http://www.westelm.com/products/oliver-chair-g146/?pkey=cchairs-ottomans-benches
    but there are a couple more.

    EQ3 is also one of my fave furniture companies, but they don’t currently have anything like that.

  • 51 Dave // Jul 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Try looking up Danish design chairs.

  • 52 dana // Jul 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Here’s another suggestion, reasonably priced but not as comfy looking. Super stylie thought.

    http://www.betterlivingthroughdesign.com/furnishings/nge-chair.html

  • 53 Liz // Jul 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    http://www.chiasso.com/shopping/modern-furniture/modern-chairs-ottomans.aspx?sortby=&sortorder=SD&all=1&

  • 54 Heather // Aug 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    All of the major office furnishing companies (Herman Miller, Haworth, Steelcase, Knoll) usually rep around 200 other lines. I work for the Herman Miller dealership in Portland, I would suggest you go to BINW in Seattle. If you ever interested in buying Herman Miller classics, they are cheaper at the dealerships than Design Within Reach. And with 200 other lines, you are certain to find the perfect chair. Keep in mind that since it is for commercial use it will be more expensive than say, Ikea, but it will last forever. You also don’t need to be a designer or know one to purchase a piece of furniture at a dealership. Good luck!

  • 55 Ryan // Aug 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I saw these Johnathan Adler chairs this morning and although they’re not the same as the ones in the picture they have similar lines. And then I saw that they are CRAZY expensive. (At least for my budget – although not in the range of this furniture.)

    I know I’m late to the party, but thought I’d add my suggestion to the list.

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