...Now that I'm back home I'd like to buy a couple for our little patio. I've looked around online (ebay, craigslist, google) and can't find anything in my small budget. There are plenty of folding chairs with armrests but nothing like the Hyde Park chairs - wood frames with no arm rests. The V&A has this in their store, but it's a bit pricey for me given the exchange rate and shipping. I'd be delighted to find the frames alone and then sort out the fabric myself. Has anyone seen these chairs elsewhere?
Portia, we empathize completely — on our recent vacation to Mexico, we also had the pleasure of sitting in a chair like this, and immediately embarked on a search for our own. But also like you, we found it difficult to locate these exact chairs stateside.
The chairs in Hyde Park are deckchairs, deck referring not to a backyard porch, but to the deck of a ship. Ever heard the idiom "rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic"? That would be these.
While your criteria specified armless and available in the states, the closest we've found is this version with arms at Target, for $60. We've also found that searching for "sling chair" yields a few more results.
Can anyone else help?
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