Home Update: THE CHAIRS

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Mini hiatus for the Week on 35mm blog posts which I promise will be back soon because I have been busy shooting away on my new camera, so next week will be back with the usual schedule where those posts are concerned. In the meantime, today I am sharing MY NEW CHAIRS which can only be referred to in capitals because how else am I going to convey this level of excitement to you all?! So let me tell you the story of the chairs (it isn't very long, you'll be relieved to here).

I have lusted over these chairs for a few years now. Designer furniture was never something I really imagined investing in until I fell in love with my coffee table, and have been obsessed with it ever since. Making the splurge on that sent me on a slippery slope head first into these chairs, the Harry Bertoia diamond chair. I have wanted them for years now, they are the sort of chair (along with the Barcelona chair) you often see in shops and weird offices where they aren't done any justice whatsoever. When I moved into my flat in London I knew I had the perfect space for them. My favourite feature in my flat is the wooden floors and the bay window, and while I wanted some seating in front of the window I didn't want to obstruct one of my favourite features. Well, you might say the stars aligned here as the lightbulb moment came that my dream chairs fit the bill perfectly for this. The mesh design means they won't obstruct the windows, and they just happened to match the coffee table perfectly too. Now you just can't ignore signs like this, so after visiting the Conran Shop a worrying number of times to sit on the chair and generally stare at the chair, one day in November I went and ordered two. After nearly having a nervous break down on hearing they would take 12 LONG WEEKS to be made, I composed myself and the countdown began. 

Last week, they finally arrived. I couldn't be any happier with them. They completely work within the room, are a new feature for me to stare at from my desk, and another space to sit (mostly coming into use when I have friends over). This is going to make me sound a bit nuts but I never really sat by my window and looked at my flat, and sitting on them and looking over everything has made me realise a few more small changes I would like to make to things. They really don't obstruct the window at all, but I love the way the wire mesh is a contrast against the light wood of the window. I also wanted two after seeing so many Parisian interiors where two gorgeous chairs sit alongside a coffee table. Having two facing into the room stops the seating arranagement feeling as though it is built around viewing the TV, which is something I hate. I am going to film a flat tour really soon that shows this off a little more, because we had to move the chairs around to get photos that weren't mega back lit for this post, so I realise I am banging on about an arrangement you can't really see in these photos. 

They are also wayyy comfier than they look, which is obviously sort of a vital aspect of a chair you plan to use practically. I went for the black leather seat cushion but you can change these, meaning they will always fit into my home and I can update them easily but just ordering a some new seat cushions. They have completely transformed how the room feels, made a new focal point with themselves and also of the gorgeous window, and couldn't compliment the table anymore if they tried.  All in all it's love and it's taken me twice as long to write this post as it should because I keep stopping to stare at them. It also seems I need to get a life now so let me leave you guys with this while I go off and do that. 

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HARRY BERTOIA DIAMOND CHAIRS; AVAILABLE IN STORE AT THE CONRAN SHOP AND HERE ONLINE.

SUIT BY EACH X OTHER (sold out)

PHOTOS BY DEAN MARTINDALE. 

Elizabeth Hadfield4 Comments