My hard drive decided to die yesterday just as I was about to upload and share with you the photos of our incredibly lucky find. Thankfully my tech support dude is also my live-in-lover and is also now known as the Master Furniture Finder after he spotted these on the side of the road near my parents' home.
I've spotted plenty of old, tired furniture on the side of the road in the past, but never something as beautiful as these. I keep on pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming, and that we actually do have this beautiful (but weathered) pair of chairs in our posession, and for free no less.
We'll be using my dad's fabulous workshop to do the initial restoration work in- disassembly and sanding and finishing the timber frame, before we look into options for replacing the seat and back straps, and the cushions.
The previous owners (who happened to pull into their driveway just as my parents were making off with the free goods on our behalf) said that they were originally very good quality, but had been put outside *gasp* because their lounge was too crowded. They were pleased to hear that they were off to a good home, and Mum promised to give them some photos of them once we've brought them back to life.
I just hope they don't see the error of their ways and decide they want them back...
ps- they're similar to this and this, but I'm keen to find out the original designer- if you do happen to know please let me know! Judging from the (excellent) quality of construction and shaping I'm guessing they are from Denmark, but we couldn't find any makers marks at all.