Joyous though they may be, holiday meals often present an unwelcome problem: uncomfortable seating in unpadded, unsightly folding chairs.
We offered some solutions to this dilemma in a 2009 roundup of stylish, but spend-y folding chairs; now, there's a swank alternative: The Izzy Million Chair Co.
Conceived by Mark de la Vega of the DLV Designs, a Brooklyn furniture atelier that has produced pieces for Bergdorf Goodman and Harry Winston, the online Izzy Million store offers just one product: a sleek and storied folding metal chair in white, black smoke and copper baked-enamel finishes with plush padded seats covered in 20 colored and reptile patterned leathers as well as Navajo and ikat prints. The four chairs shown above, along with turquoise and citron green, are part of Izzy Million's Atomic Age collection.
"These chairs have existed for years on the East Coast," De La Vega says. "They're practical workhorses with traditional American made quality -- a ubiquitous design that everyone takes for granted."
He found a set at an upstate New York antique store and located the manufacturer, which has been producing the chairs since the 1930s.
"We wanted to put our spin on finishing the chair while keeping the design intact to make it truly an affordable luxury. Being able to expand the fabric and frame options really highlights the chair's versatility, so that it's suited to a wide array of styles, purposes, and modern décor," adds de la Vega, who also offers custom colors and fabrics and is developing an outdoor model.
A model of efficient engineering, the Izzy Million chair weighs in at just under 10 pounds, supports up to 400 pounds and sits on plastic glides to protect floors. It folds up easily to a mere 1.5 inches in depth for easy storage but its good looks just might deserve a more permanent place at the table.
Priced at $150 each, the chairs are made to order and delivered in four to six weeks.