Date6 Apr 2020
I acquired four of these chairs from a Salvation Army shop in Howick when I was teaching in east Auckland. On Fridays I used to escape the school at lunchtime and find bargains at the suburb’s many opportunity shops.
The floral sage green velour upholstery was what was most appealing. When I was growing up we had a couch in a similar fabric that was ever-present during my childhood. These chairs had the same feeling to that couch - a little bit luxe, a little bit nostaglic and extremely practical. Each chair was in amazing condition with a sticker on the back proclaiming to be made from “Grafton" Tubular Steel. They cost $100 for the set including a formica table (which the store attendant admitted likely wasn’t original).
Since starting to work from home I relocated one of the chairs to my new home office (aka an old hall table from the garage placed next to the window in our spare room) and have found solace in its familiarity and comfort while trying (and failing) to concentrate on the tasks at hand.