Best Rattan Bistro Chairs 2008: High & Low

Email from 4.22.08

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I really like these chairs: traditional French bistro chairs. They're the sort of thing you fall in love with when visiting France and vow to yourself that you'll have them one day in your kitchen.....but you never follow through. Why? Because, they really ARE hard to find. Over the past four years, I've found a number of sources....

They range from the original, original to the affordable knock-off. If you ever had a hankering, this is all the info you need.

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>> Maison Gatti Bistro Chairs:

Made by Maison Gatti (since 1920) and constructed out of rattan and Rilsan, a natural polymer made of castor oil. They come in tons of shapes from stool to chair to armchair to lounge and in any color or weave you want. They also cost. Prices start at @ $685 per chair. Available through Annick de Lorme in NYC and through Cafe Society in the Bay Area.

 

 

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>> Poitoux Rattan Chairs:

These are one of the top original brands in France. Made of nylon and rattan, these come in many different shapes and color combinations. We found them through their US distributor, Glacseat.com in Connecticut. (@ $900 per seat)

 

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>> French Bistro Chairs by American Rag:

"Bring that French cafe feeling into your home" with these French style chairs made in Italy! From Los Angeles'es American Rag's French shop, Masion Midi, with cane wood and nylon, these simple copies aren't bad for $200.

 

 

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>> Rollhaus at seatingproducts.com: The guys in NYC sell knockoffs to restaurants. They stock a complete line of these chairs in many styles and colors which substitute a soft plastic for the seat material. (@ $100 per chair)

 

 

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>> Bistro Rattan Chair: These only come in two colors and are made for commerical customers. Sold by TheButlerandTheChef.com out of San Francisco.

 

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>> Aluminum Bamboo Look Bistro Chair: Here you go, lowballing it and super strong with a metal frame. These are @ $85 and probably the ones in the top pic I saw in the cafe this morning. "The beauty of Bamboo with the convenience of aluminum." From SeatingExpert.com.

 

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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