DIY Midcentury: Knitted Eames Chair

DIY Midcentury: Knitted Eames Chair

Nancy Mitchell
Nov 8, 2011

Confession: I do not own a wire Eames chair, but I do have two Bertoia side chairs which are quite similar in concept. My feelings about these chairs are decidedly mixed - sure, they are elegant and modern and iconic, but on a cold day, those chairs are cold. And it's not for nothing my friends call them "the waffle-butt chairs".

But I think I may have found the perfect solution. Akira Ishikawa's knitted Eames chairs are equal parts beautiful, hilarious, and cuddly. I love how they so perfectly capture the decorating zeitgeist: classic midcentury shapes married with handmade warmth in a way that's creative and a little irreverent.

I'm not much of a knitter, but I may be trying this out. In just one afternoon I could add some color to my dining room - and banish waffle-butt forever.

Images: ReCraft.

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