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These chairs were just fun to figure out. Taking from originals by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and an adaptation created by Charles Limbert, they were designed as cafe chairs for a tea room. I won’t say they’re the most comfortable in the world, but they’re really not bad, either. The paint is for two reasons, I’m using them outside, so that’s just better for the weather, but the original was also painted, so I’m not too far afield.

-- David Thiel, Cincinnati, PW Books





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rivergirl

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#1 posted 04-05-2011 08:24 PM

I own 8 of the limbert originals and a limbert dop arm settle, all numbered and signed. I am sitting here looking directly at 3 of them, so I have to say that your chair is a very loose interpretation of Limbert style.. :) However, I do recognize the corbels on the legs. LOL. But just the same you have created a fun little chair that I may actually build for my front porch – so I will have to buy your book I guess. My question – the back rest looks like it is plywood? If so, how can it be left outside even if painted? (Even Marine grade would disintegrate here in PA.) I think I would just run matching wood from the seats up the back rest? If I ever build one I will post it here on l/js.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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toolguythiel

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#2 posted 04-05-2011 09:31 PM

I’m jealous that you have originals! Very nice! The backs are marine ply, and though they haven’t stood the test of more than one season at this point, the paint certainly helps, but the stronger benefit is that they live on a covered porch. They’re certainly exposed to the weather, but it’s not as direct and brutal. I was trying to maintain the thin look of the original, and working within the home center materials, so certainly I’d recommend adapting for the local climate. I hope to see your version! Thanks. David.

-- David Thiel, Cincinnati, PW Books

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#3 posted 04-05-2011 11:03 PM

Well I understand you are THE book meister- so I have a couple nice numbered and signed Limbert chairs/rockers I would like to interest you in. ;) And hey- at the price of Marine grade ply- you could probably buy the original and save a few bucks over the plywood.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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toolguythiel

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#4 posted 04-06-2011 02:47 PM

Rivergirl, you could interest me, but my five kids keep collecting to a minimum! Who knew they were so expensive! ;0)

-- David Thiel, Cincinnati, PW Books

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#5 posted 04-06-2011 02:55 PM

I know the drill. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#6 posted 04-06-2011 03:02 PM

David said”
“Rivergirl, you could interest me, but my five kids keep collecting to a minimum! Who knew they were so expensive! ;0)”

The kids or the chairs?????

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 04-06-2011 03:04 PM

Gene, I’m sure the kids are more expensive…I’m hoping they’re also the better value!

-- David Thiel, Cincinnati, PW Books

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#8 posted 04-06-2011 04:44 PM

Gene- BOTH. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#9 posted 04-06-2011 07:36 PM

Dave:

I like your design modification for outdoor use. The on-end stretchers should offer a little more water run-off than the original shelf stretcher. I can almost see a Reitveld look to this chair. Try more than one color, like red and black, and make it from used pallet wood – Thinking out loud…

-- 温故知新

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#10 posted 04-06-2011 07:39 PM

I like the idea! And thank you for noticing the run-off adjustment. Seemed wise to me, as well.

-- David Thiel, Cincinnati, PW Books

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