These crazy folding chairs were sold to me as antique ship chairs (which I’m now pretty sure they’re not), but a bit of research turned up something just as interesting – they’re actually Danish lounge chairs! Referred to as ‘clam‘ chairs, the design is still being produced today, with older versions still just as collectible, selling for between $500 and $700 a chair. Most sites either refer to the chairs as ‘modern’ or ‘mid-century’, so it seems that the design’s been in production for quite some time, and looking at the condition, and the means of construction for the pair that we have for sale today, I’d guess that these guys would have been some of the earliest versions produced! The wooden slats are joined together by means of metal pins that have clearly been bent by hand. One of the shorter wooden slats (the clever bits that allow the chairs to collapse in on themselves) is missing from each chair, but that doesn’t seem to affect how well they function, or how comfortable they are – these chairs are mad comfy! The leg of the one chair is also quite badly worn, to the point where it doesn’t reach the ground if no one’s sitting on it, but the moment you plonk your bottom in it it levels out, so again it doesn’t really make a difference, although aesthetically it’s obviously not ideal. We’ve given the chairs a bit of a sand and a varnish (I say ‘a bit’ , but it took us nearly two whole days because of all the nooks and crannies!), although because of their age they still have a very worn look to them. The one chair also sits lower than the other, but I don’t really think that’s the end of the world.
A wonderfully charming pair of chairs for your lounge or verandah – or as extra seating for when you have guests round. A brilliant design, the likes of which I’ve never really seen before.