The club chair craze 10 years ago drove up prices and drove down the stock of the authentic 1930s classic Fauteuil Club. While you can still find them at the brocante or on French ebay, used club chairs are often in terrible shape -- with cracked skin and busted springs -- and require costly restoration and hassle. So many who want the look of an old club chair with the benefits of a brand new chair turn to a Paris specialist who makes custom chairs in a choice of styles and colors.
Many inferior club-style chairs are made with fake leather, but the chairs at Decor Actuel are made from sheepskin leather with authentic marks that is aged to give it an authentic-looking patina that will only increase with time. Decor Actuel has a promotion right now with chair prices starting at 795 euros.
Visit the store in the 5th arrondissement or online at Decor Actuel.
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com