The Lamino chair by Yngve Ekstrom for Swedese is celebrating 60 years this year. 60 years and has felt modern and relevant every day.
If there is one piece of furniture that has followed me throughout my life it is this chair. Ever since I started dreaming about building my own home, this chair has been part of my list. Many items have come and gone from that list. Some because I simply stopped wanting them and some because I did get them. But this chair has always been on the top without being either realized or dismissed. It's one of those pieces that will be a companion for life. It's timeless lines and incredible comfort will secure it's position as something that follows you from home to home.
When my husband and I started our life together, we bought a lot of furniture for our home within a short amount of time. We both really liked this chair and ended up more than once at the furniture store downtown just to sit in it for a bit, take a look and maybe reach a decision. Do we buy it? One or two? What color? And then one day we went into another store. They had another chair that was remarkably much like the Lamino but at half the price. Not as nice materials of course. But with all the things we had recently ordered for our home we were starting to feel guilty about our spending and a little poor as well. I am embarrassed to say we went for the cheap copy. We told ourselves that we could always get the real ones later, when we had more money and we knew which one was right. That this copy chair was just a temporary compromise.
That was 10 years ago. And since that day, every time I have looked at that chair I have regretted not buying the real one. The furry surface that once sort of looked like sheep's wool now looks like the fur from a street dog. Strangely miscolored and it's once fluffy curls all straight and thinning.
Yngve Ekstrom once said "To have made one good chair maybe isn't such a bad lifetime accomplishment". I think I'd be satisfied just owning one.
What's your true furniture love? Did you ever settle for less and regret it? Please share your story with me, I'd love to hear!