|After my grandparents passed away, my parents inherited them.|
When I was single and living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, I learned that my neighbors had the very same chairs.
When I got married, I learned that my in-laws had the very same chairs.
They used them as their dining room chairs until they could afford real furniture.
When I had dinner at our friends' houses, I learned that they had the very same chairs.
People had them in different colors.
People had them in upholstery to coordinate with their dining room chair fabric.
Mostly, they were all well-worn, stained velvet gold or rust colored chairs.
But everyone agreed: These are The Best Folding Chairs. Ever.
And you can't get them at IKEA, Crate & Barrel, or any other big box store.
They are local and made by a family-owned business in Long Island City, New York.
Last Sukkot we needed more folding chairs.
I looked up the name of the company on the bottom of the chair.
I had no idea if they still existed.
The story was that my Aunt Henny and Uncle Herman were friends were the owners of the company. Sounds oddly familiar to my family's Joyva story.
A. Fritz is still around, alive and kicking.
They have no web site to speak of.
You have to pay by check: they don't take credit cards.
The woman on the phone is very nice.
|Same tag on our new chairs as the ones we have that were purchased in the 1960s|
Except now they have colors and fabrics that speak to a more contemporary taste.
|Now, this is REALLY mid-century design. Would Marcel Breuer have approved? Eh...it still does have upholstery, which he was not at all into with his infamous Wassily Chair. But it *is* minimal...|
|Who can't love a chair that folds up so trim and slim?|
Tonight I was at a melave malka (post-Shabbat music gathering) at my friend Holly's house. I noticed she had these exact same chairs. She said all of her Philadelphia friends have them. I said many of my New York friends have them.
It's got to be a Jewish world thing.
I wonder if folks out in Los Angeles have 'em?
Oh, and they are so affordable. Like, no more than $150 for 4 chairs. And they'll last you for a lifetime. And then your children and grandchildren will enjoy and be inspired to blog about them.
A. Fritz Chair
37-28 9th Street
Long Island City, NY
They will send the chairs UPS
no web site
under the radar, but likely you know these chairs