floats like a butterfly.
by victoria comment


white butterfly chairs poolside at hotel san josé. / sfgirlbybay

hotel san josé via lingered upon.

butterfly chairs are a mid-century-modern classic originally designed in Buenos Aires in the 1940’s — but their simple beauty and comfort just never seem to go out of style. my parents had them back i was little and i still find them such an interesting addition to a living room or outdoor patio. they’re sophisticated looking but they’ve still got a fun, “i don’t take my decor too seriously” vibe going on. there’s an interesting little read here on the history of the butterfly chair and you can find some great reproductions at the citizenry; CB2; and urban outfitters (as well as just the frames, too). for vintage classics try chairish, ebay, etsy and your local flea markets — i see them out there all the time!

black leather butterfly chair via coco lapine design. / sfgirlbybay

coco lapine design.

black butterfly chair outside of bedroom via the style files. / sfgirlbybay

the style files.

tan leather butterfly chairs outside the bridge house. / sfgirlbybay

the bridge house via honestly WTF.

white butterfly chair in black and white room with wood floors / sfgirlbybay

photography by Francois Kong via Bodie and Fou.

sheer black butterfly chairs outside santa monica midcentury home / sfgirlbybay

mid-century santa monica home via martha stewart.

tan leather butterfly chair via desire to inspire. / sfgirlbybay

photograph by Armelle Habib for inside out magazine via desire to inspire.

tan leather butterfly chair with attached head pillow / sfgirlbybay

polperro winery interior designed by Hecker Guthrie via yellowtrace.

a pair of tan leather butterfly chairs in bedroom via muud magazine. / sfgirlbybay

muud magazine.

butterfly chair in sunny living room / sfgirlbybay

the design chaser.

black wicker butterfly rocking chair / sfgirlbybay


a pair of white butterfly chairs with black frames in front of a fireplace / sfgirlbybay

coco lapine design.

white butterfly chairs poolside at hotel san jose in austin / sfgirlbybay

hotel san josé via house and hold.

photo of matching butterfly chairs in Freunde von Freunden: Friends book. / sfgirlbybay

photo by Ana Armendariz for Freunde von Freunden: Friends via yatzer.

4 responses to “floats like a butterfly.”

  1. I can tell you now – my life would be immensely boosted by a leather butterfly chair. That black woven number would fit in beautifully too. I love them with a passion.

  2. Love me the butterfly chairs!

    When I was a little girl in the late 60’s / early 70’s, my parents decorated the basement in Danish Modern (“Mid-Century modern” in contemporary terms).

    My favorite was the butterfly chair — I was small enough that I could sit with my head in one of the bottom ‘wings’ and my feet in a top wing. Spent hours and hours reading that way.

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