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1938 leather butterfly chair

1938 leather butterfly chair
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year of the butterfly. Inspired by the original "198 Hardoy Chair" (aka "Butterfly") designed in 1938. Who knew? It had a natural leather hide sling and not the ubiquitous fabrics on collapsible hairpin frames. Our butterfly is the monarch, ruling again in iconic style. Top-grain, full-aniline, vegetable-tanned leather hides hand-stitched in quadrants and hand-laced at the edges read pure vintage with a warm, natural saddle glow. Rich grain and inherent markings enhance the natural beauty and character of the hide, left un-dyed and protected with a water-based lacquer. Displayed in all its glory on a substantial tubular iron frame antiqued light zinc (it doesn't fold…it's here to stay). Super easy assembly, no hardware required. We like four in a conversation circle.


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1938 tobacco leather butterfly chair

1938 tobacco leather butterfly chair.

SKU: 185649


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1938 leather butterfly chair is rated 3.5385 out of 5 by 26.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most comfortable chair I own!!! We bought two of these when we moved in to our new house, mostly because we loved the look and the brown leather. But these chairs are so comfortable too! The perfect hangout spot for long conversations, book reading, or movie watching. I just wish I had space for more of these!
Date published: 2015-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality chair! Very impressive chair, especially for its price. Frame is sturdy and does not scratch. Leather is of high quality - strong and comfortable, and doesn't have any weird faux-leather scent. Comfortable and easy to clean! Definitely a worthwhile purchase.
Date published: 2015-11-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ripped very quickly I got this chair as a gift. After a few months of very light use, the leather seat split. I fixed it using some leather glue, but it ripped, yet again. Very disappointed with the quality of stitching considering the price. I would not recommend this product.
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Chair ... especially for the price I'm really surprised by the negative reviews of this chair. I think the standards must have been improved because I see none of the issues that are mentioned in the negative reviews. It's a really cool, swanky accent chair for a lounge or bedroom. You can't really find another leather chair for $400 so I think this is a great deal.
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So comfortable! I bought this chair for a NYC apartment, and it couldn't be more perfect. Toss a sheepskin throw over it, and you have the perfect cozy reading spot. The chair is super comfortable and easy to clean-- couldn't recommend it more highly!
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great chair and timeless purchase I bought this chair 8 months ago for my son as a great transitional item that was aesthetics pleasing, durable and fun!
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A piece of art This chair is everything! Its beautiful, sexy, comfortable, elegant, modern... Simply irresistible. If I could only afford it...
Date published: 2014-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looks great, nice chair, no problems. After nearly a year I can write a positive review of this chair. The pair we received look exactly like the photos. The leather seems of decent quality and the color is nice. They only get light use but honestly this isn't the type of chair I'd get if I planned to sit in a chair for 3 hrs every night...I consider it more of an accent piece. Nice chair for the money and looks great!
Date published: 2014-07-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Stitching Opened Poor quality of stitching as stitching done at very edge and ripped leather in 1 year given that chair used as accent and only sat on it on a number of occassions. Size of leather cover does not seem standard as there are replacement covers available on the internet but do not fit.
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Chair broken in just two months I bought this chair about two months ago. The chair looks great and I placed it in our solar room which we don't use regularly. However, the chair somehow got broken right on the side where the tubes connect one another. I called CB2 and they will replace the chair...I hope it doesn't happen again! My 2 stars go to CB2 services more than to the chair which is way too expensive for the quality. I love CB2 furniture but starting today I will be more aware of the quality of their furniture considering their high prices.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Worst purchase ever Loved the look of this chair but the quality is shocking -a year after owning it this chair gets used only by the cat and my husband who weighs around 175lb the stitching has ripped on the seat. Should there be a weight limit?? This chair is not worth $400!!!!
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stylish, comfy chair I bought this chair as an accent piece to help blend in with my current room decor. It is very comfortable and easy to assemble. My only complaint is that there are 5 small discolored spots on the leather. They are not visible from a distance, but I was a little disappointed as I expected the product to be in perfect, new condition. If I had the time, I would've exchanged it, but it's too much of a hassle. Otherwise, I am very happy with this chair.
Date published: 2013-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous chair We have had the butterfly chair for about one week now and love it. It looks fabulous and is very comfortable. The only downside is that it has a rather strong fishlike smell, probably from the products used for treating the leather. We hope the smell will go away after a while. This should not detract you from buying this piece of furniture that instantly adds character to any interior.
Date published: 2013-01-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from don't do it I thought this chair was so cute and loved the color BUT ignored the other bad reviews. Don't do it. I work in design and the color is NOT as pretty as shown online. Online it's a pretty pumpkin/brown color but in reality it's a pukey dull orangey brown color. But worse, the leather seat arrived with discolarations, spots and tears/dings so I had to have a new chair shipped and swapped out. What a pain in the neck. But CB2 did reimburse me for my original shipping charge.
Date published: 2012-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "butterfly chair" we bought this chair for about $25. In 1950, when we first were married. I never knew it by the name "butterfly" chair. It was called the "SLING CHAIR" a name, it seems to me more fitting and appropriate. We loved this Chair and had many years of enjoyment from it.I recommend it highly, especially for it's versatility.
Date published: 2012-09-16
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