Thursday, June 18, 2009

Craigslist Virgin No More

The BF has been drooling over the Barcelona chair for a few weeks now. According to the trusted source Wikipedia, the 'original' Barcelona chair was exclusively designed by German designers Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich for the German Pavilion at the 1929 Expo in Barcelona. Today, Knoll owns the trademark to Mies van der Rohe's name as well as the trade dress right on the design of the chair. Unfortunately we couldn't afford the Barcelona chair (prices start at US$4300). Luckily for us (not so much for Knoll), there are plenty of Barcelona replicas. However, even the replicas are pretty expensive, ranging from $700-$1100. I know, crazy talk for a chair. So I decided to check out Craigslist. I've never bought anything from Craigslist and was a bit hesitant. For starters, and the BF will attest to this, I have an aversion to second-hand items. Can't explain it. Just do. As well, how was I going to get a chair into my tiny Civic coupe? Well, my friends, I found the chair at a steal of a price and couldn't resist seeing the chair in person. The BF and I went to see the chair and it was in excellent shape. We got the seller down to CDN $400 and went our merry way.

Introducing our Barcelona replica....


Oh, and our new lamp. The BF also picked that out at Urban Barn. Yes, he's more talented in the design department than I.

When I found out the chair was designed by his forefathers, the BF (he's first generation American) said, and I quote, "Germans build things to last (well, except for their empires)."

One more condo update. Below are our new kitchen cabinet handles. I only show you this because it took the BF and I literally 8 trips over the last 7 days to various home improvement stores to find the right screws. And finally today we were rewarded. Mazel Tov.

11 comments:

Sheila said...

Love the chair! Looks great!

Margarita said...

It's really coming together! I love moving in :)

Victory Bird said...

Wow, LOVE Barcelona chairs! What a great find at a great price!!

Bridechka said...

Great chair, but the lamp is even better!

Brandy said...

Love the Barcelona chair!
We have a cream one! I need a lamp and will have to check out Urban Barn cos that lamp is wicked!

Carol said...

Craigslist is amazing!

Mo said...

The BF has great taste--love the lamp! And what a great deal on the Barcelona, it's lookin' mighty stylish, especially with the red wall!

Marie-Ève said...

Drooling over the chair...

Und so der Freund ist Deutsch? Ganz interessant...

The Professional Bridesmaid said...

Marie-Eve! You speak so many languages! Yes, he's German. Very long surname. :)

Nicole said...

oh my! i love barcelona chairs tooooo. wish they were affordably rentable for our wedding.

Barbara said...

great find!! kijiji is also a good source as well!

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