Friday, February 9, 2018

Take A Seat

I favor vintage hardwood folding director's chairs over other leisure seating, because they are comfortable for persons of widely varying size, portable, folding, and elegant. Arne Jacobsen's history of furniture is the history of this chair, the first one of which was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen. It's a portable throne, known in medieval Europe as a faldstuhl, or folding stool.

Thirty years ago, I ran short of replacement canvas. Finding new seats was a six-hour jaunt herding a heavy station wagon around unfamiliar suburban roads. A couple of seats failed last week, and replacing them used up the stock of new ones I had been hoarding. Five minutes on-line yesterday brought me a pair of custom-cut replacement seats from a provider aware enough to sell seats separate from the much longer-lasting back canvases -30-

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