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despite a massive dining room chair search (which turned into a slideshow)ac and i still haven't found dining chairs. we did a big house cleaning this week and now our dining room is empty except for our table. i've found myself obsessing over these jonathan adler bamboo regency chairs but sadly the 500 bucks a pop price tag is way out of my price range. then i thought about calling an event rental company and buying the classic bamboo chiavari chairs that everyone has at their wedding, but they don't look that comfy, even with cushions- they seem a little narrow. but i'm willing to get some chairs that need to be fixed up and painted- but where oh where are my reasonable priced bamboo/regency styled chairs? i love the styles above and below but where is the middle ground? all i can find are $75 wedding chairs and $500-$1000 fancy versions. does anyone have a great resource or tips for finding bamboo regency style chairs- preferably with arms? [chairs above: jonathan adler ($495), 1stdibs.com and 1stdibs.com]

[chairs above from 1stdibs.com]

[chairs above from turquoise la]

[chairs above: pieces ($920) and heritage lane]



Blogger sk8ordiehard said...

I think that's a style you can still find at flea markets. It's on the cusp of getting popular, but not quite huge yet. . .

8:21 AM  
Anonymous s Reeves said...

This Macau Armchair looks nice. Price is "in between" at 269.00 and they may be having a sale too. Comes in several finishes. Ballard Designs. http://www.ballarddesigns.com/jump.jsp?itemID=2633&itemType=PRODUCT&RS=1&keyword=dining+chairs

8:32 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

oh wow, those might be perfect, thanks!


8:35 AM  
Anonymous golden girl said...

SO FUNNY....after reading the blog this morning, i was surfing channels and came across "The Golden Girls". and wouldn't you know it.....they were all gathered around the kitchen table sitting on their bamboo regency style chairs!!! road trip to miami?? :)

8:39 AM  
Anonymous susantwist said...

I was going to suggest Ballard also, but I'm surprised Brocade doesn't have anything like this.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

www.artesiacollections.com and www.palecek.com have some bamboo chairs but you can not order off the site.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Bill said...

I've been searching like mad for a couple of these as well! I still think $270+ is a little pricey though! Great posts!!

9:11 AM  
Anonymous zee homebug said...

Yep, the Golden Girls have got bamboo furniture all wrapped up. After painting an old bamboo coffee table and mirror recently, I flopped down in front of the TV and started watching the Golden Girls and realised sadly that the fruits of my labour were a bit more Estelle Getty than Jonathan Adler...

9:37 AM  
Blogger Angie & Tyson said...

Know anyone in Texas?

10:13 AM  
Blogger platinum blonde said...

i really like the red chair

10:58 AM  
Blogger anon said...

you might consider finding some thonet chairs (like the ones you linked to at Todd Oldham's site)--they're way more comfy, can still be found for relatively lower prices, and still have a cool aesthetic...

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Stacy in Dallas said...

I became obsessed with the green Adler chairs last year after buying my first place last fall. Being a single gal with a new mortgage to pay, I bought folding bamboo chairs from Target (2 for $50) and painted them. It's probably way, way more low budget than you're interested in, but they're surprisingly sturdy and comfortable for anyone looking for a less-expensive alternative.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous L said...

I saw a BENCH that looks like these Chairs on Craigslist furniture postings today.


2:24 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

To add to the too-pricey category: Williams Sonoma Home also has some gorgeous chairs too. Oxblood color's on sale but still quite spendy.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Lucy said...

I second the Macau armchair from Ballard Designs -- best in the lower price range.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Stefanie said...

I have 2 bamboo chairs that I recently bought at Pottery Barn Outlet. They were originally ~$200 each but I picked them up for $30 each. I assume the hearty discount was due to the rows and rows that were still for sale. They are definitely outside the normal Pottery Barn "look" (which would probably explain why I like them so much).

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe these from Sears for $99?

11:20 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I've also been on the hunt for a set of affordable bamboo regency chairs for our kitchen table. I wound up buying a set of metal bamboo patio chairs on eBay. I think I paid around $100 for four, plus shipping via Greyhound.

They were a bit chippy, so I'm having them sandblasted and power coated in glossy white. All told, they still cost less than $100 per chair -- and they have this look while also being a little different.

So if all else fails, don't forget to check eBay.

Best of luck in your search!


12:47 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

This is a nice chair:


Also, this place has some great stuff: http://piecesinc.com/chairs-sofas-stools

Pieces was a reference from here:

11:42 AM  
Blogger Amanda Conley said...

In your "massive" chair search, did you come across any counter hieght chairs of reasonable price that would go with a large old wooden art table? We will be restoring it to use as our dining table. We have a style that's a blend of modern and traditional, so several chairs could work, but we are both artists so I tend throw out a lot of options just because they're not unusual enough. So I thought maybe you had run across something interesting in your research.:)

4:14 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


i wasn't looking for counter height chais but if you shoot me an email i'd be happy to help you with you seach.


4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another giant wallet option, Mecox Gardens:


12:00 AM  
Blogger Marianna said...

William Sonoma Home is having a sale on these lovely chairs. They remind me a lot of the Jonathan Adler ones that you like. Here is the link: http://www.wshome.com/products/p1255/index.cfm?pkey=csalfur

Hope this helps.


2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just bought the docksta table as well and found it to be real wobbly-any thoughts on how to fix this? How is yours holding up?

4:17 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

oh man, ours is, too. i didn't feel wobbly when we tested it at ikea but it certainly is now. i stick little slivers of cardboard under the top where it connects to the base but it didn't help much. damn you, ikea!


4:22 PM  
Blogger Val said...

Hi, hope it's not too late to contribute some that I just found at Maison-Midi. They're $235 & $285


10:45 PM  

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