That Old Office Chair

I love finding ways to re-purpose – anything – .  I have a hard time just throwing something away when it is still in overall good condition.  Maybe the color feels dated or the fabric is worn.

Oh Joy's Studio

Old office chairs are a great example.  A chair made in the 70’s and 80’s can be so durable, but that tweedy fabric or vinyl seat is not so great.  While the overall lines are good, the aesthetic are tired.   The chairs above were recovered for an office by Emily Henderson.  Now they are so much fun!

 photo DSC_0602copy.jpg

As with any piece of old furniture, if the lines are good and the structural condition is stable, you can consider recovering the fabric or even painting the chair.   Look at how Jenny Komenda transformed the chair above.

Apartment Therapy featured the DIY above and gave new life with a bright print fabric.  Sometimes you can find these chairs for sale in thrift stores and resale shops, even Craig’s list at can’t-beat prices.  When that is the case, go ahead and buy it; you can give it a make-over and have a chair that is unique to your home.

The retro fabric chosen for the chair above by Homedit works great with the crisp lines of the chair.

Who knew you could do this with spray paint?  This DIY was featured at Living + Loving. Doesn’t it look great?

I have a desk that is in dire need of a new chair.  These images make me think about looking around in local thrift stores to see what I can find.  What do you think?

Advertisements

Walter Frazier Mid-Century Stunner in Lake Forest

Practicing architecture with his firm from 1924 until his death in 1976, Walter Frazier left his mark on north shore architecture.

Property Photo

Property Photo

Take a look at this beautiful mid-century design built in 1955.  The site alone is pretty spectacular.  The home is situated on 21 acres which includes over 9 acres of a conservation easement.

Property Photo

The secluded site must have been the inspiration behind the floor to ceiling windows which make up most of the exterior walls.

Property Photo

Property Photo

Property Photo

Inside, the design is simple, allowing the views to take center stage.  There are over 6500 square feet of living space with four bedrooms.

Property Photo

Property Photo

Property Photo

Also included is a 3 bedroom guest house.

To honor his contributions the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society published the book Walter Frazier:  Frazier, Raftery, Orr, & Fairbank Architects Houses of Chicago’s North Shore, 1924-1970.  Written by Kim Coventry and Arthur Hawks Miller, the book contains many images which highlight Frazier’s ability to combine his understanding of architectural history with emerging ideas to create unique buildings that seem timeless.

In addition to residential projects in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, Frazier designed several homes and offices in the Fox River Valley as well as the Casino Club in Chicago.