We're super keen to have interior stylist Jenn Hannotte of Russet and Empire Interiors contributing to the Covet Garden blog. Jenn believes in accessible and collaborative design that stems from narratives we create with objects we love. Her work has been featured in Design Lines, Remodelista, Apartment Therapy and the Marion House Book to name a few. She lives with her two daughters in the West-End of Toronto.
Any design-aholic has this problem. It usually starts out innocently enough because they're portable, and not necessarily terribly expensive and, after all, they ARE functional...so what's the harm? But, as any chair addict will tell you, there comes a point in the process where you have more chairs than rumps or empty corners and it's time to take stock. I recently had to liquidate a few chairs in my collection, but one chair that has never, and will never, be subjected to the liquidation process is my vintage Butterfly chair.
[image: via Knoll]
This icon of mid-20th century relaxation, the Butterfly Chair, or the B.K.F Chair (after its three designers: Antonio Bonet, Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy), was designed in 1938 and became hugely popular thanks to it being inexpensive and lightweight. Artek-Pascoe produced the chair for seven years starting in 1941, sending the royalties back to Argentina. Knoll Associates picked up U.S. production rights in the later part of that decade, but were unsuccessful in obtaining legal action against unauthorized productions.
The chair has become ubiquitous indoors and out, a testimate to its versatility. The wrought-iron frame and inter-changeable sling provides the option of a classic leather, or weather-friendly canvas or vinyl.
In Toronto, a new design shop on Roncesvalles avenue, Green Light District, sells a buttery-soft Spanish saddle leather and iron butterfly chair ($1295).