Thursday, January 3, 2013

IDEAS: Chairs to go with a new Dining Table

Now that the dining table is all packed up and will be picked up by the freight company tomorrow for delivery late next week or possibly early the following week, we can start fussing about what chairs to use with it.  Here are some pics of chair ideas - just to keep things simple, I am confining myself to chairs attributed to Hans Wegner:

This is the Wegner "Wishbone" chair.  They seem to be more common that some of the other models and hence more affordable.  They all have rope or cane seats from what I can tell.
This original pair in great condition currently on 1st Dibs is $1800 for the pair.

And this set is on Craigslist now for somewhere around $1200 for four.

Another style:

Seller is calling this a set of Wegner teak side chairs.  I like the way the back comes together so smoothly - $795 OBO for the pair on ebay right now.
The official title of this next chair is the Wegner W2 chair. 
A set of four Hans Wegner teak W2 dining chairs for C M Madsens Fabriken on ebay now for $1750 OBO.  The condition looks just okay - the seats are vinyl and will need to be replaced.  The joints appear to have been re-glued in places.  But the wood looks very good.  Clearly they have been re-finished.

 And here is a positively dreamy set of six (four oak and two teak) for $4500 currently on 1stDibs with cane seats.  I loooove these.

The W2 chair is easily confused with this less exciting but very similar Wegner chair (below left) which is also frequently listed as the W2 but which lacks the leg cross-pieces on the front, back and sides which I think really do a lot for the proportions (and strength) of the chair.  Maybe they are alternate versions of the W2 but they are hardly interchangeable.  Plus, note that the seat on the cheapy looking version is just an upholstered board that fits in whereas the upholstery on the nicer version wraps around the front and sides.
Here it is without the cross-pieces.
And here, with.  See what I mean? This is so much nicer.

 And then there is the best known Wegner chair, known simply as "The Chair" or the "Round Chair".  Everyone on the web is pretty excited that Nixon and Kennedy sat in these during their debate.  Here they are with upholstered seats.

A dude named Lenny on ebay wants $6000 for four in oak right now.
Anyway, the version with the upholstered seat is less interesting than the version with the cane seat below.
 Sometimes they wrap the back with cane and sometimes they don't.

Oh, and departing entirely from Wegner for a moment, here is a set of six Henredon chairs on CL for $220.  Two arm chairs and four side chairs. Whatever else they may be, they are well made, solid and in nice condition.

 Ask youself, my dear, can we summon enough paint and enthusiasm to make these fun and exciting and suitable for the purpose?  it would certainly be nice to save some dough.

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