Comparing Provincial Furniture

So last week we had introduced some new colours to an old favourite product, the Provincial Breakfast Stools. Firstly, I’d like to add that we have a new addition to the family, which comes in the colour White! Our breakfast stools have been very popular and we have had a lot of requests to get these stools in other colours so here it is!

White Provincial Breakfast Stool

White Provincial Breakfast Stool

Now to the main point of this post, I’d like to show you the differences in our stools and some of our competitors on the markets. Especially when it comes to the coloured stools. Our natural and brown stools are made from a  hardwood oak. Our black and white stools are made from birch wood. The reason behind this is due to the nature and physical appearance of each wood.

Oak is a beautiful hardwood, with a strong underlying grain. This is a majority of its appeal, and for naturally stained or brown stained stools, we want to show this off. Birch is also a hardwood and is closely related to the Oak family. Birch is finer grained and paler in colour, and as such, takes colour paint a lot better than other woods (trust me, we experimented with different woods!). With birch, the paint settles smoothly and evenly with little interference with the paint itself.

Onward to staining/colouring. I’ve included a picture of a close up of joints of a stool. When the product is sprayed with the colour, you have an uneven finish around the joints. This is because the colour cannot get into all the small joints of the stool. Alternatively, you can stain every piece of wood involved in the process. This takes a lot longer as staining and drying time is required, although you are left with a far more even stain, and a better looking product overall.

Stain vs Spray On Colour

Note the difference in a Stain (bottom) and a spray on colour (top)

Also, as you may recall in my last post, I talked about the rustic finish and patina of certain provincial products that is quite a desired look. Our rattan seating has been treated and brushed with a black finish to emulate this look instead of the synthetic look you get from a clean finished rattan seat top. I hope the photo below can illustrate the differences.

Breakfast Stools Patina

Stools & Chairs Provincial Breakfast Stools are finished with a black wash on the rattan seat giving it the aged look

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New Products! Provincial Bar Stools / Breakfast Stools

We have a new edition to the ever popular bar or breakfast stools in our provincial seating range. I’m very happy to showcase 2 more colours. The Brown Provincial Breakfast Stool and the Black Provincial Breakfast Stool.

Brown Breakfast Stool

Brown Breakfast Stool

Black  Breakfast Stool

Black Breakfast Stool

This is in addition to our ever popular Provincial Seating Range which draws inspiration from cultural hotspots in French cities such as Blois and Orléanss in the Loire Valley, and at Lyon or Liège. Our Provincial Range has features typically associated with French Provincial Furniture which include the lines and the rattan seating reflecting the countryside backgroung and surrounding of the chair maker.

The variety of colours available in our Provincial Stools and Chairs, while appearing modern and contemporary, are all very common and true to the history of Provincial Furniture. Our rattan seating comes with a black wash, emulating the much coveted and adored look of the accumulation of grime, polish and dirt which is common to an aged patina. Patina, is what is referred to as the coating, or sheen of the wood or surface of furniture. Furniture enthusiasts are always on the lookout for an “aged patina”, which is acquired usually through age and exposure and skin contact. Patinas can provide a protective layer to materials that would otherwise be damaged by corrosion or weathering. Also, and they are very visually appealing to enthusiasts and amateurs all the same.

Follow our Stools & Chairs Blog , as our webmaster will be talking about the differences between our Provincial Chairs and Stools compared to some of our competitors and what we look out for when sourcing our products. Buy our new Provincial Breakfast Stools now for only $119 each! We are sure this is the best quality product and price in Australia guaranteed! If you find a cheaper product elsewhere, let us know and we’ll beat it by 5%.

New Products! Enna Reception Chairs

Over the next few weeks we here at Stools & Chairs will be receiving new products. Today, I am proud to introduce you our Enna Reception Chairs. Our designers at Stools & Chairs took inspiration from the boxy director chairs and with some commercial grade chrome steel, turned it into the Enna Chair! This chair was built to last, so perfect in your reception, or as a waiting room chair or even in the corner of your home office. The Enna Chair is coupled with a woven polyester fabric that is long lasting and looks and feels great. All backed with our 365 day warranty, this will sell at $199, but will be on sale at $159 for a limited time only! Available in 2 colours, Charcoal and Moss Green take a look below

Enna Reception Chair

Enna Reception Chair

The 1960s Furniture Style

Call it an obsession of Mad Men, or a result of my parents being from the 60s era, but I have grown an affinity to 1960’s Furniture style.

The 60s was an innovative period, not just in terms of the world where we saw the younger generation in the period starting to rebel against long standing traditions in society. We saw this rebellion in all forms, including Andy Warhol’s famous artworks, the Beatles becoming popular in the US redefining music, and also Neil Armstrong being the first man to walk on the moon.

These attitudes also translated to the furniture in everyone’s household with colour palettes being inspired by the Hippie Era, nature inspired greens, golds, yellow and orange. Styles were mixing the clean lines of Scandinavian contemporary pieces with the newer materials metal, glass, wood and PVC.

We will soon be launching some products that are inspired from this era. Until then, here are some great photos showing insight into the era.

60s lounge Danish Design was prolific throughout the 60s

60s living area

Bright natural tones saturate households. Space-age inspired fireplace 

60s bathroomNatural yellow hues decorate a bathroom

60s loungeScandinavian contemporary designs and clean lines

Beautiful Kitchens

There has been a great deal of interest in our Provincial Bar Stools, so I went searching the internet for some great examples of bar stools but came across these beautiful gems I had to share.

Firstly we have a beautiful example of a kitchen/dining/living space that gives that organised chaos feel. Loving the mismatched Hans Wegner Wishbone Chairs and Eames DCW Sidechair on the other side.
wishbone chair kitchenI also found this neutral coloured rustic kitchen. Green and mint on a white base, with the understated Bentwood Chairs.

Lastly we have a very owner with an open kitchen. Mixing warm wood elements and contrasting simplicity. You see the Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chair in the foreground on the left there – soon to be featured on Stools & Chairs Website.
stools & chairs arne jacobsen