The {Almost} Perfect Seat for Me: Yellow Vintage Office Chair

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If you ask my husband what life with me has been like since we moved into our apartment, he’ll probably tell you it’s somewhere between everyday craziness and full-on, straight jacket, lock-me-up-and-throw-away-the-key insane. I’ve bought fabrics and sewn pillow covers, only to change my mind about them hours later. I even bought a chair and made my husband strap it into the trunk of our tiny Honda Accord, only to decide once we got it home that it just wasn’t right.

Yeah. I’ve been more than a little nutty. I’m convinced, however, that I WILL find the perfect chair and accessories for our home if it kills me (and it just might). And if I were basing my sought-after perfection on looks alone, this restored vintage 60s style office chair would be sitting in our office right now. Etsy seller Monarch Restoration, of Austin, TX, did a fabulous job bringing this chair back to life. The bright yellow is just what I need to get me going every day when I don’t feel like working, and the contrasting lattice print black and white fabric seat is quite literally making me drool. This is the kind of chair I see when I decorate rooms in my dreams. So what’s the problem? Well…all that gorgeous yellow fabric is none other than my arch nemesis: vinyl.

Why, Monarch? Why do you torture me so? I’ll have to pull out my green calculator on this one to figure out whether the fact that this chair is vintage negates the fact that it’s smothered in toxic vinyl. And decide if I don’t mind holding my nose every time I sit down. Maybe I’ll just think of the vinyl as faux leather, which would be vegan, and therefore green, right? Nah. Not really. This is torture, I tell you. Sheer torture.

Why It’s Green:

  • Vintage office chair circa 1960s (that very unfortunately also happens to be reupholstered in vinyl)

Price: $425

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  • Nexyoo December 29, 2009, 1:26 pm

    Beautiful chair! I feel like that the fact that it’s vintage would outweigh the fact that it’s vinyl, especially if you took care of it and kept it for years. But depending how far it would need to be shipped to get to you, maybe you’d be able to find a better vintage choice locally…

  • Lynn December 29, 2009, 2:57 pm

    That yellow is not kidding. It wants to be seen and sat upon! :o)

    My best, Lynn
    *having an all natural giveaway extravaganza over in my neck of the woods. Swing on by!

  • MELIGENIA December 29, 2009, 8:00 pm


  • Daria December 29, 2009, 11:14 pm

    That yellow chair is absolutely AHH-Mazing! I too, am drooling over it from the photo and coveting it . And frankly, I could care less that it’s vinyl. Afterall, I don’t litter… or smoke… or have a car.

  • Oonafey December 30, 2009, 10:57 am

    I love how everyone is trying to market disgusting vinyl and PVC as “vegan” and “animal friendly”. It is a beautiful chair, though…

  • Amanda January 2, 2010, 5:17 am

    The chair looks awesome! Too bad it’s vinyl. Reminds me of the car seats my mom had when I was a kid. I hated those seats. Cold in winter, and peeling myself off them in summer.

  • jennae January 4, 2010, 12:32 pm

    @Nexyoo Good point! I need to find a great local upholstery shop, because I find so many chairs on Craigslist and in thrift stores that I just don’t have the skill to tackle myself.

    @Meligenia It is a good idea to avoid PVC, as it offgasses potentially toxic chemicals. However, there are other, safer vinyl options like EVA and PEVA, which don’t contain chlorine. I would still advise that you avoid any type of vinyl though, particularly if you have chemical sensitivities.

    @Oonafey I was being funny, but you’re right. Whenever I see a handbag or upholstery being advertised as “vegan,” I try to dig deeper, because that generally means alternatives like vinyl, which I don’t want in my home either. To be fair though, the seller of this chair did not try to use this tactic. That was just me trying to have a sense of humor 🙂

    @Amanda Oh, the wonders of vinyl! Thankfully, this chair (or one like it) would be in my office and away from the elements, so no sticking or peeling. But I can still imagine it might get pretty uncomfortable after a while.

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