If you love chairs, you’ll really enjoy your magazine subscriptions this month. Pull up a seat, because features on chairs turn up in three April magazines.
Garden Variety: Head outside with help from Martha Stewart Living magazine‘s story on outdoor seating. Along with hammocks, porch swings (one reminiscent of a traditional English garden bench) and ottomans, there are chairs that go way beyond plastic patio furniture, including a teak interpretation of a Louis XVI armchair and a tall red filigree chair.
Sit for Less: Dwell magazine‘s April edition is for you with it’s whole-issue focus on affordable design. More on that later. For now, just note that nine inexpensive chairs are evaluated in this month’s “Dwell Reports” story. An iconic Eames chair (“It’s so popular, it’s become ubiquitous–see practically every issue of Dwell,” the copy reads); a classic Thonet bentwood, and other seats each costing less than $250.
Chairs That Rock: House Beautiful magazine‘s April “I’m Looking
for A…” column focuses on rocking chairs. Among the nine styles
spotlighted: traditional straight back, short modernist wire, porch and
wicker versions. A few whimsical takes are also included.
Speaking of rocking chairs, that reminds me of the Elizabeth Lane character in “Christmas in Connecticut.” “Another rocking chair? You already have eight,” her suitor says when one is delivered to her apartment. “Thirty-eight. The rest are in the basement,” she replies. In case you’ve missed this chestnut starring Barbara Stanwyck, the character writes a popular food column and her devoted readers are sending rocking chairs because she mentioned searching for one in a previous column.
Me, I’m holding out for a Herman Miller Aeron chair in “True Black.”