Seat Yourself…

Ever since Ilse Crawford worked her magic on the Grand Hotel Stockholm a few years ago, I’ve had a windsor chair (or two or three) on my wishlist. But not just any old frumpy chair, but one with a twist. I mean Ilse’s is on a pedestal all to herself due to it’s be-ah-u-tiful play on proportions…those super tall spindles….lovely!

But I’m a realist and fully aware an Ilse Special is not the cards so I had to move further afield—and West Elm played perfectly into my plans (well aside from the ol’ international problem) with a whole ‘collection’ of  accent chairs, chaise lounges and dining chairs. With the amount of stock I’m considering taking in, I might need to open a hotel just to be able to store it all…

To get in on the spindly seat love action yourself:

Modern Windsor Chaise $699 USD

Modern Windsor Dining Chair $149 USD each

Modern Windsor Accent Chair $399 USD each

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  • margot said on March 1, 2011 10:55 pm

    Love these. Ilse, she’s a master. But in my mind the best best best Windsors are the old hacked up ones — the more age the better. I think it’s so fascinating that they are the ultimate country chair but can look so starkly modern in some settings.

  • Wrenaissance Art said on March 2, 2011 3:49 am

    Don’t forget my favorite—Hans Wegner’s Peacock Chair!

  • Brittany Hurdle said on March 2, 2011 8:42 pm

    Margot… yes, I can’t disagree, an old ‘loved’ chair is too good to pass up! I suppose it depends on the finish as all I can imagine on the ones we had in our house growing up was a glossy cherry-esque shade which doesn’t speak to me at the moment. But put that in matte…or distressed…or well let’s be honest the possibilities are endless!


  • Brittany Hurdle said on March 2, 2011 8:44 pm

    ‘Wrenaissance’… I have to be honest, I had to google the peacock chair, but now that I’ve found it I WANT IT! How have I missed that. Okay, expand the wing outwards a few rooms, I have a feeling I’m going to need some more space!

  • Clare said on March 6, 2011 10:42 pm

    Check out de la Espada for the Ilse chairs; Nice philosophy on manufacture too.

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