Thursday, 3 March 2011

Iconic Parisian park chairs

The green chairs in the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Jardin des Tuileries are an iconic symbol of Parisian parks. I've been trying to find some information about the history of their design and have had little joy. These days there are two main types, the ones for reclining. These rather dark green ones are in the Jardin des Tuileries.
As are these upright ones.
Here are some in the Jardin du Luxembourg.
These two are chatting.
Apparently, according to my mother who lived in Paris at the time, these particular ones were introduced in 1954. I can confirm, for a fact, that they had the same chairs in 1969...in the background is one of the first Maclaren buggies as well!
More Parisian park chairs can be seen here (thumbnails) and here (slideshow).



1 comment:

  1. I love these park chairs too and after coming across a whole village place packed full of scarlet ones in the south last summer, I looked them up and found these made by Fermob. If they are not exactly the same, they are as near as dammit, although being made of aluminium, might I suppose be disappointingly light, unlike the hefty specimens you have to drag around the Tuileries.
    Love the 1969 picture!

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