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Top of the Class: Vintage-Style School Chairs Are Having a Moment

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Top of the Class: Vintage-Style School Chairs Are Having a Moment

September 17, 2019

Today’s lesson: school chairs. We’ve been spotting vintage French-style wood-and-metal versions everywhere the past few years, from Paris apartments to a holiday house in the Netherlands. But when we spotted them in the interiors of It-restaurant Gertie in New York, we knew they were officially trending.

Here are a few of our favorite uses of school chairs in interiors from the Remodelista archives. Take a seat; class is about to begin.

Uniform cream powder-coated chairs make for a pared-back look in Tartine Manufactory in San Francisco. For more, see 7 Ideas to Steal from the Manufactory in SF by Commune Design.
Above: Uniform cream powder-coated chairs make for a pared-back look in Tartine Manufactory in San Francisco. For more, see 7 Ideas to Steal from the Manufactory in SF by Commune Design.
The custom school chairs up close at Tartine Manufactory.
Above: The custom school chairs up close at Tartine Manufactory.
Cerulean school chairs—vintage, sourced by the homeowners—in An Agrarian-Inspired Holiday House on an Agricultural Dutch Island.
Above: Cerulean school chairs—vintage, sourced by the homeowners—in An Agrarian-Inspired Holiday House on an Agricultural Dutch Island.
When outfitting the Japanese restaurant Tokki in Paris&#8
Above: When outfitting the Japanese restaurant Tokki in Paris’ ninth arrondissement, architect Anki Linde found cherry-red French school chairs at BHV “on sale for €15 each.” See more of the restaurant’s interiors in Scandi Meets Shaker in a Parisian Japanese Restaurant by LSL Architects.
Well-loved versions fit well with the rustic, simple fittings in A Catskills Cabin Up the Hill from a Local Favorite, Available for Rent.
Above: Well-loved versions fit well with the rustic, simple fittings in A Catskills Cabin Up the Hill from a Local Favorite, Available for Rent.
A school chair is among the eclectic furnishings and art at a former art director&#8
Above: A school chair is among the eclectic furnishings and art at a former art director’s guesthouse in France’s Luberon region. Maison Collongue: Midcentury Meets Modern Art at a Farmhouse in Provence

Above: Pale green school chairs, two ways: at GreenHouse: A Natural Wine Bar in Paris (left) and in the stone courtyard of A Glamorous Farmhouse in Southwest France (right).

A slim-lined, vintage version at the table in a former factory building in Paris, remodeled by architect Nicholas Sisto. For a full look at the project, see A Renovated Loft in Paris by a Young Architect on the Up.
Above: A slim-lined, vintage version at the table in a former factory building in Paris, remodeled by architect Nicholas Sisto. For a full look at the project, see A Renovated Loft in Paris by a Young Architect on the Up.
The London townhouse kitchen of a former World of Interiors photographer features a suite of school chairs, found at a retro shop. Take a tour in The Perfect English Townhouse, Courtesy of a UK Design Authority.
Above: The London townhouse kitchen of a former World of Interiors photographer features a suite of school chairs, found at a retro shop. Take a tour in The Perfect English Townhouse, Courtesy of a UK Design Authority.
Red and green go well alongside a bold color scheme; see Kitchen of the Week: A Brightly Colored (and Cost Conscious) London Kitchen.
Above: Red and green go well alongside a bold color scheme; see Kitchen of the Week: A Brightly Colored (and Cost Conscious) London Kitchen.

N.B.: Looking to buy some for yourself? See 5 Favorites: Sources for Vintage-Style French School Chairs for a few of our picks.

And a few more trends we’re eyeing these days:

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