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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Celebrating the Café Chair - A Cheerful, Casual and Convenient Classic

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Designed at the end of the 19th century, these durable folding chairs filled parks and cafes in France, affording cheap, flexible seating for a growing cafe culture.

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The fact that they are still around today is testament to their appeal.

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They are versatile pieces of furniture that can be used in any room of the house.

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 From the living room.....

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....and are perfect in a kitchen.

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They work well in a bedroom as a bedside table.....

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... or at a desk or dressing table ....
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....possibly a place to stack clothes...

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....or hang bags.

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They are useful in a bathroom for towels or bath accessories.

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They are perfect for a patio or courtyard....

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...impromptu meals outside under a tree....

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.... or in a field.
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They look great old and weathered....

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....or newly painted in bright hues.

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So as you can see I am a quite a fan of cafe chairs. How about you?

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I thought I'd show you a picture of me sitting on a cafe chair in Paris. No, wait a minute, I don't recognise the handbag, so maybe it's not me after all!

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Coming up soon.... a guest post for Haus Design and a Christmas post so stay tuned.

Till next time

x Sharon


  1. Great images Sharon and what a great chair. I think everyone must have at least one or two of these I know I do.

    Enjoy your Sunday!

  2. Sharon last week I found 8 vintage cafe chairs in someone's trash! They were stenciled with the name "Bentley" on the backs... Thank you for the inspiration for my new chairs!
    Susan @ homeroad

  3. Gorgeous images as always friend! I love the look of cafe chairs! Martina

  4. Thank you Sharon, lovely collection of images and I'm looking for one of those "Rue" signs...
    have a lovely week - hugs Colette

  5. Love a cafe chair, I have beautiful memories of sitting on them all around Europe. Mimi xx

  6. gorgeous in love with these chairs..
    and lolling about not recognizing the handbag so it must not be you!!...lovely sense of humor..

  7. Sharon - you always find the most beautiful photos. Thank you
    Kylie x

  8. Sharon, Love cafe fact we have 8 iron cafe chairs ans the table to go with them from a fair in Paris...would love to sell them. They're a little pricey so it will probably take a while. wish I could keep them. XO, Mona

  9. I am a big fan but this post really justifies buying some - soooo versatile! What beautiful examples of all the great places they can be used. I have been trying to convince my husband to buy a set of biergarten chairs that we see at the markets here...of course since he is European(and male) he doesn't appreciate how great they are - maybe I need to show him this post! Looking forward to your post tomorrow! :) I'll drop you a note as soon as it's live - 9am my time....

  10. How gorgeous! I love this post!
    It has that fresh breeze of Spring over it, and it makes me smile!

    The chairs are wonderful. Camelions really aren't they - they manage to blend into almost any setting. Elegant or simple, they just work! And they also seem to get better the more worn and aged they are.

    Lovely lovely!

    x Charlotta
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  11. Dear Santa,
    Please bring six to 34th Street!

    {such a perfect post, sweet Sharon!}

  12. Sharon, I had a set of cafe chairs and a table. We used them for years, but on a whim I gave them away. I am still kicking my self for that one! Love all of your beautiful images.

  13. Such a versatile chair. It goes to show it will never date and can be used in such a huge variety of ways. I'll be keeping my eye out for these now. Your pics are beautiful, and what that's not you at the cafe??? LOL. Leahx

  14. Hi Sharon,

    Just discovered your blog and I am slowly looking through every post, it is beyond beautiful.
    (I am supposed to be doing the housework today but I cannot tear myself away from your blog.)



    1. Hi Sharon, I have just discovered your blog. It is really special. Where do I find your kitchen range? Kind regards Jane