Red House West Seattle Weekend and The Quest to Test the Panton S

Katie and I are meeting in Seattle this weekend for a quick getaway and blogging caucus.  We’ve rented a little apartment with a view, and we are going to work on our plans, vision, and hopes for Red House West.  Apart from the blog, we have a few specific tasks in mind, including the compulsory clothing shopping that has to happen anytime an Alaskan goes to Seattle, eating great food, and looking for treasures in thrift stores.

I also have one very specific mission that I’m hoping to accomplish: test driving/sitting the Panton S chair.

Decorator Lili Diallo's dining room from the pages of Domino: The Book of Decorating.

Decorator Lili Diallo’s dining room from the pages of Domino: The Book of Decorating.

I’ve been waffling about this chair for ages.  I love everything about the way they look and I think they would go a long way in helping me to achieve the eclectic mix of styles that I crave.  My house is laden with old things, and I need the zesty punch of a new era to lighten things up, give the space a sense of humor, and turn the dowdiness into WOWdiness (boom! that just happened).

From the queen of bohemian decorating, Justina Blakeney.

From the queen of bohemian decorating, Justina Blakeney.

Another from Justina Blakeney

Another example from Justina Blakeney.

I’ve never sat in one, (or seen one in person) and I haven’t pulled the trigger for fear that they are uncomfortable, or that they feel like flimsy lawn furniture.  So I’ll be scouring the city for the elusive Panton S, and I’ll give you a full report here soon.

Another example from Domino: The Book of Decorating.

Another example from Domino: The Book of Decorating. My parents gave me their old dining chairs–intricately carved and perfectly mismatched wood chairs from Mexico. I love them, and, as in this photo, I think a few Panton S chairs in the mix would set them off perfectly.

Panton S chairs in an elegant setting by The Brooklyn Home Company

Panton S chairs in an elegant setting by The Brooklyn Home Company.

In the meantime, look forward to some spectacular Good Scores! on Friday.  Next week we’ll post about our Very Important High Powered Blogger Conference, and I’m certain that in the coming weeks we will be imbued with a sense of passion and purpose–can you feel it already?  Who knows, I might even be blogging my brains out from my new Panton S chairs.

Any thoughts on places we can’t afford to miss in Seattle?  Thrift stores you love?  As always, thanks for reading and supporting Red House West!

10 responses on “Red House West Seattle Weekend and The Quest to Test the Panton S

  1. Carol Crump Bryner

    You would certainly avoid the “Slum of legs” with these chairs. It will be fun to hear what you think about them after the test drive. Sounds like a great weekend. We’ll all be waiting for the creative results!

    1. meramatthews

      Thanks Carol, we’re really looking forward to this weekend! The chairs definitely have less leg and more sinuous stem than the average perch!

    1. meramatthews

      VIHPBC indeed! Why didn’t I think of that catchy acronym?! Who knows, next time you come up you might get to enjoy the standard soup from a lovely (and eminently wipeable) S chair!

    1. meramatthews

      Thanks Joanna, I’m hopeful that they’ll fulfill all my dining chair fantasies! Thank you so much for reading the blog and commenting. Have a GREAT weekend!

  2. michellet2013

    Sounds like a really fun weekend ahead! And I’m eager to hear about the chairs—will you do white? Are they comfortable? My one thought is that the footprint of them seems kind of large, but it’s difficult to tell from photos…the base would, however, provide perfect kitty hideouts.

    1. meramatthews

      Ooh, now there’s a benefit to these chairs I hadn’t considered! Built in kitty condos–I’m sure Panton did that on purpose. 🙂 You bring up a good point about the base, especially since I don’t have much room to spare. I hope you have a great weekend too, Michelle. Thank you!

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