A Short History Of... Toledo Industrial Drafting Stools

A Short History Of... Toledo Industrial Drafting Stools

Cambria Bold
Apr 5, 2011

I have been searching for a proper desk chair for my home workspace. I have this desk from Blu Dot, and while I love it, it's actually a little on the tall side for the dining chair I'm currently repurposing as my desk chair. I know that I don't want an "office-ey" chair, comfortable as they may be. Rather, I want something vintage, something industrial-looking, something like the Toledo vintage drafting stools which keep popping up over and over in my eBay and google searches.

The Toledo Metal Furniture, Co. (1897-present) is a division of Banner Metal, Inc. in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. It was founded by brothers Joe and Clement Uhl, who designed a great number of the school and office furniture pieces now associated with a vintage, industrial chic look. Most of these vintage drafting stools were manufactured during the Machine Age in the first half of the 20th century. With fully adjustable seat and back height and a pivoting base, the heavy steel and wood materials were designed to withstand weight and frequent use.

Current prices for these industrial stools range from $75-$300 on eBay and in vintage stores.

Anyone have one of these chairs/stools? Where did you find it and what did you pay?

(Image: 1. Factory20; 2-3. The Styled Blog)

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