The Butterfly Chair Flies Again…

This is how my brain works, in case you are wondering.  Yesterday I saw the line-up for this years Coachella Music Festival (Jay-Z, Gorillaz, Thom Yorke, Sia, MGMT, Passion Pit…oh my) and thought about how much FUN it would be to go.  Then I thought “Wait, it’s near Palm Springs!” which can only mean one thing if you are me: The Parker a.k.a. Heaven on Earth. Seriously, have you been? Because if you have not, you need to go. Jonathan Adler everything+ fire-pits + bocce courts and ping pong tables by the pool + the “lemonade stand” (the lemonade has vodka in it, natch) + a crazy spa + staff wearing hot pink pants + the best pancakes ON EARTH. Have I convinced you? No? How about the fact that when we went we sat next to Amanda Peet at the pool while watching Taye Diggs play ping pong with his shirt off after brushing past Ed Norton in the lobby. I’m not even kidding you. It was like Us Weekly in the flesh, which as you can imagine, sent me into a near coma. Ok, that was massive digression- see, this is how the creative brain works. Anyways, while thinking about the Parker I thought about the best evening in which we sat around the fire pit in huge white butterfly chairs while a waiter brought us wine.  I forgot how damn comfortable those chairs are and how, when used in the right setting, they aren’t as “college dorm” as I remember. So I went in search of images of butterfly chairs being used in modern interiors (and some exteriors).  They are super affordable and add a little devil-may-care modern casualness to any room. Perhaps you should reconsider them ( and find a way to sit in the ones at the Parker!)


My favorite image is from Canadian House and Home. Love this look and feel!


A few more goodies:

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via Flickr & Remodelista

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via Elle Decor & Flickr

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via Trick My Brick & Flickr

Here are some versions of the chair I really like (click images for links):

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  1. They are so interesting the way they are styled. I have to admit though they are totally uncomfortable to sit in.

  2. You might also check out the use of butterfly chairs poolside – and the overall fabulousness – of the Hotel San Jose in Austin, Tx.

  3. I like the Butterfly a lot, and these images you’ve found really sing to me, great job! but my fave chair is still the swan… I also find it much more comfortable =D


  4. Reminds me of my childhood next door neighbors house (who were Sweedish) – they had these everywhere! Get thee to Coachella – it’s not to be missed. And, if you are a total music lover, you will be obsessed over Mumford and Sons (not sure if they are playing there or not), but worth checking out regardless if you haven’t already.

  5. The cowhide versions are definitely a step up!

    And no, I haven’t been to The Parker. BUT I AM DYING TO GO. Always want to explore the thrift/antique stores in Palm Springs. I imagine them to be chockablock full of gorgeous MCM and HR finds.

  6. All the images you posted are wonderful, However lovely they look in the pictures, I think I might have a hard time getting out of one, Kathysue

  7. WOW! What a great post. First of all, my mouth is now watering for pancakes, vodka lemonade, AND Tai Diggs. Secondly, great find all all the images. I never would have guessed!

  8. Are you %$#@’ing me? Butterfly chairs are as 80’s as you can get. I hope you enjoy them wearing your legwarmers and hypercolor BUM shirt!

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