Our Bertoia side chairs arrived yesterday! I got them on ebay. 4 for $375 plus $50 shipping. I'm sooooo excited and relieved. We have not had dining chairs since we moved into the house. We've been using a cheap office chair and a torn to shreads tanker chair. The tanker use to be beautiful but it was covered in silk and the fabric didn't last long. Over the past year the foam and filling have come out. Our close friends make fun of us and say it looks like we have a dog.
When guests came over we brought out our exercise balls. The guests got chairs and we used the balls, which means we couldn't have more than two people over at a time and we were perpetually bouncing. The "pea" was the only lucky one with her own high chair.
The drama behind getting dining chairs is too much to chronical but I'm sure we are not the only couple to move into their first home, together with children, and debate whether to get "the good stuff" or Ikea. We are eventually hoping to have Tulip chairs in the dining room but I fear what they could look like 10 years from now. Instead of an investment they'd turn into a money pit. So we considered getting something cheap at Ikea or Target just to get us through the "crayon and spilled milk" years. We couldn't do it. Besides, cheap but still "designer-looking" enough at Ikea didn't get us below $75-$100 a chair....same ballpark as these Bertoia.
The wait and search on ebay and Craigslist was well worth it. I love how these look in our home. Again, I am blown away at how much a simple piece of furniture can change the essence of a room. The dining room table was practically a gift from our friends and neighbors John and Craig. That was our first Mid-Century piece in the house and for days I couldn't stop looking at it. Finally, he has four buddies worthy of his company. Now I need a pendant that can "hang" with them. Ok. time for me to go to bed!
I love their silouettes!