Did you know that airplane wings use concept of cantilever?  I found out that cantilever is a term for a beam that is supported only at one end, and carries a load on the other end.  While airplanes are fascinating, these chairs are more my speed:

Tubular Chrome Cantilever Chairs

These chairs are straight out of the 1970’s – having had only one owner.  The chrome is beautiful.  No pitting or oxidation.  The upholstery needs a face lift.  One chair has the original brown suede upholstery.  It has seen spills and wear through the years.  The other chair has been recovered in a brown velvet-y fabric.  It also has seen better days.  Recovered, these would look so terrific.  Check out the lines!  I just love the graceful curve of the arms into the base.

Tubular Chrome Cantilever Chair

Here are some other chrome cantilever chairs for inspiration:

One Kings Lane

I absolutely love the fun fabric on this chair!

Simple Details –  Pottery Barn

I like the contrast of the chrome with the chunky, natural wood table. (But don’t get me started on how I feel about Pottery Barn hopping on the vintage chrome chair wagon!)


The bucket shape of these chairs is inviting.  Paired with a Saarinen table, you have a very modern look.


You can always keep the upholstery “retro”.

Elle Decor

Cantilever chairs always make great desk chairs!

Casa Cullen

This is a fun & eclectic living room!  I love the mix of the chrome chairs with the turned leg ottoman.

How do you envision these chairs?  If you envision them in your home, they’re available in the Pursuing Vintage Shop!





2 replies
  1. Barb
    Barb says:

    Great find. I would love them done in a rich cotton velvet. I am and always have been obsessed with navy velvet. Sigh. Wish you lived closer. I would snap these babies up!

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