Vintage Chairs: What to look for and how to buy

The duo behind Brooklyn’s hip antique furniture store, Lichen, clue us in on what to look for when it comes to vintage seating.

If you don’t know what era, what style and who it’s made by, don’t sweat it.

If you like it, You like it.


Carefully examine the surface of each chair. Examine every part and look for authenticity marks.

When you find an interesting chair, do you like the curvature? The angles? The lines?

Find an element that draws you in.

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Check foundational details to make sure it’s sturdy and it hasn’t lost any structural integrity.

“Try before you buy. See it, smell it, sit on it. And - bargain for it.