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25 The only piece of art I owned in college was a painting of a blue chair I bought on a whim at an art fair. I remember how much I deliberated because $75 would have bought groceries for the week, paid for books or padded my paltry checking account. But something about the lone blue chair made me reach into my wallet and resolve to eat Ramen for a week. My roommate at the time made fun of me. "It's a chair. You paid $75 freakin dollars for a chair?!?" I held back my urge to point out that my hand painted chair was worthier than the Monet poster she picked up at Walmart, but I held back. I liked it because it had potential. Who would sit in it? Who had sat in it? Why was there just one? I've photographed hundreds of chairs in Paris (remember these?), and I feel the same way about them as I did about the first blue chair that won me over years ago.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Elissa

Now I want to see the painting of the blue chair! I love your photographs by the way. I've never been to Paris, but I can travel vicariously through your photos. Thank you!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by n*stitches

Great story! My most favorite painting in my house is a still-life of a vase and flowers I found shoved in a corner of a thrift store. I am sure that artistically speaking, it is missing all the fancy components, but hey isn't art inthe eye of the beholder??!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels

I LOVE this post. These photos are awesome, especially en masse like this.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Amy

I dig the story of the piece of art…I did the same thing in grad school for a $40 abstract painting. Such a big decision at the time! It still hangs on my wall—I just love it.

You know what else I love about chairs in cafes in Paris? The often face the sidewalk, which shows you that it's such a people-watching kind of city. Great pics!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by braiseandbutter

ah-chairs….probably my most favorite of objects, such variety and perfectly mingles my love of eating and design. glad to hear i'm not the only one who feels so strongly about them :)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Ohiofarmgirl


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by betsy and iya

I want to see the blue chair too! I agree…chairs can be magical. What traces of life are left on chairs? The idea evokes beautiful memories and images.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Lillian Chang

How pretty!!
I would have never thought that so many chairs put together would create such beautiful eye candy, but there it is! :)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Frau

I get it….love doors and window pictures and you do take the best chair pix!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Guys – sad to report that my original chair art is at a friend's house! I will photograph it next time I am there and show you. ;)

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