Friday, January 8, 2010

If Loving a Chair is Wrong . . .

That's not exactly how the song goes, but you get the idea. It's true . . . I'm in love (okay, maybe just serious "like") with a chair. The object of my desire? The Elkins Loop chair designed by famed decorator Frances Elkins in 1930. I recently saw this knock-off/reproduction in a local store, and I can’t get my mind off of it.

Granted, it's not the best reproduction (it was made in Indonesia), it has a small crack in the finish and I would change the fabric, but the price is right. They only have one left, and I have no idea where I'll put it . . . but I'm sure I could make it work.

I became obsessed with this iconic chair many moons ago. Can’t remember when. Too many design magazines have created a rut in my memory.

Mary McGee featured an Elkins Loop chair in her glamorous Beverly Hills bungalow.

Meg Braff threw some loops in a Hamptons house upping the wow factor even more.

And NY designer James Andrew thought the more loops the merrier!

If I can't have the Elkins Loop chair itself, I'm definitely leaning toward getting this beautiful rendering of one by artist Anne Harwell (known to design blog enthusiasts as Annechovie). For a mere $25 (plus shipping), it could be mine. Check out her Etsy shop here.

How about you . . . does the Elkins chair inspire you or leave you cold?

Photos courtesy of: My Interior Life, House Beautiful, House Beautiful, Style Redux and Annechovie.


Jay said...

It inspires me!

Very well researched, might I add.

Susan said...

I am inspired as well.....can you get me one too? Jay may not be too happy about that though. I am quite impressed with the blog. Maybe you can turn this into a and writing. Keep it coming!

arrione said...

I agree with Susan...Love the writing and I am learning about design..Me likey!

My Interior Life said...

Thanks to you all! I will endeavor to keep you entertained.