• 75 vintage Krueger tulip chairs for sale — and I archive all my Saarinen tulip table and chair stories

    saarinen style fiberglass tulip chairs by kruegerMy fascination with vintage Saarinen style tulip chairs has become a full-fledged continuing saga. Yesterday, I spotted “75 vintage tulip chairs” for sale on ebay. I was mesmerized by the photo alone (above), and had to find out more. Where did this sea of Kruegers come from? Why were they being sold? Can we help find them happy, new homes? Read on, and see some more sea-of-tulip-chair photos –>.krueger tulip chairsFirst, an outline of my Saarinen saga:

    Now to the 75 vintage tulip chairs for sale on ebay

    The listing says these Krueger designs from the 1970s. They look to be in excellent shape. Interestingly, Krueger is a company that is still around, based in Wisconsin. I bet if I asked, they would send me archival information Another day.

    I contacted the lister of these chairs, and it turns out they are being sold to support a good cause — the Susquehanna River Archeological Center of Native Indian Studies. Executive Director Deb Twigg responded very quickly to my request for more photos — love! — and provided the following information:

    Hi Pam. Thanks for your interest.  The chairs are being used in our lecture hall at SRAC in Waverly, NY. We are a nonprofit, and a local healthcare system had bought these back in the day for some waiting areas.
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    krueger tulip chairs vintage 1970sThey sold a ton on eBay in 2007 and donated the rest to us. Since we are a non profit and economy us hard on us right now, we have decided to see if we can sell the chairs to help us pay our bills.
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    We also have around the same amount in light blue tulip seats but the bases are different…here is our lecture hall with these chairs that are on eBay right now…

    Feel free to call me with anything else you might want to know about- and thanks for helping us spread the word.

    - Deb Twigg, Executive Director, email me at: Dtwigg [at] sracenter.org

    You’re welcome, Deb, thank you for the photos and information, and good luck with your sale!
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    Disclosure: When you buy anything from these ebay carousels or after you click into ebay here, it nets me a teensy commission.
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    Readers, if you want tulip chairs authentic from back in the day, these look like the real deal to me. Obviously, if you can get to Waverly too see what you would be buying, that is always preferable. The Buy-It-Now price is $300 per chair, or start your bid at $250 per chair. Some price comparisons:

    • An authentic Saarinen tulip chair like the ones shown, purchased today new from Knoll looks to start about $2,300. Price list here a big difficult to decipher for an amateur like me.
    • Modernica’s fiberglass shell chair does not offer swivel base or upholstered seat. $299. Very pretty, though, and a wide range of colors. You can even get these as bar stools.
    • I paid $225 for my vintage set, then about $600 to Shawn to repair, repaint and clean the set. One of the chairs had a ding in it — he filled the fiberglass. Greater experts than me say: Go for fiberglass that is in perfect shape, as repaired damage may not hold up to daily use.
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    Comments

    1. Wow, sitting here with my a.m. coffee and reading about this stash of beauty for sale…..life doesn’t get much better than this!

    2. These are available in any multiples that you would like and shipping can be arranged by calling or emailing me. Thanks Pam for helping us get the word out!

    3. Crazy…These are literally 15 minutes away from me and we have been trying to find a Tulip Table and Chairs for the house.

      Can I convince the wife to drop a grand on chairs….

      • Just another Pam says:

        Start by showing her what new ones would cost, Tom. That should soften her up a little….no, probably a lot.

      • Don’t forget to mention they are being sold for a good cause too!! That should help! : )

      • Remind her buying vintage can be an investment. Vintage items retain their value more than new knockoffs. Buying local is always better because your neighbor has to see you every day and is more likely to want to make you satisfied.

    4. Puddletown Cheryl says:

      Shouldn’t it be a meadow of tulip chairs? lol

    5. I inherited my 1959 Knoll tulip table and four chairs from an aunt, who gave them to me when I bought my first house in 1988 because I had always admired them in her home. The set is my most prized possession. My 17-year-old daughter actually brought a friend over to the house the other day just to show it off.

      They are showing signs of wear and tear and the cushions desperately need replacing. When she gave them to me, there was an extra set of cushion covers included, but they haven’t done well over the past 23 years (they were already 30 years old before I put them on the cushions!).

    6. I LOVE stories like this. Just makes me wonder what other treasures are out there. I found a set of dirt encrusted tulip chairs sitting for trash pick up in LA years ago – now groovy again & sitting around my bro’s dining table. Putting this out in the universe… discovery of a warehouse of NOS 50′s & 60′s Linoleum. Just sayin…..

    7. If anyone is seriously considering a set of these I will be traveling to Buffalo, NY this Friday with a trailer anyway. I would be more than happy to pick up a set and do an exchange. I will be available most of the day on Saturday to meet up.

      It may be possible to work out a better price if we buy a larger quantity of them.

      I can be contacted at retrocorning@G M A I L .com

    8. Just FYI on new chairs:

      http://hivemodern.com/pages/products.php?sid=486

      Enjoy your site-very informative!

    9. Oh my lord. This is too cool. For some reason when I saw this I immediately thought of the teeny tiny OLD movie theater in my town that shut down a few years ago and has been for sale ever since.
      Wouldn’t normally consider these for theater seating, but they look so dang cool in such a large quantity.

    10. oh! And, that navy looks SO , SO good.

    11. That’s a lot of chairs. I have a set of four I still need to refinish, that’s enough for now!

    12. nocoretro says:

      Wow! So beautiful! I recently picked up 4 tulip chairs off of craigslist, I knew they were knock offs, but that’s what I wanted. I didn’t know the manufacturers name (and haven’t bothered to look on the chairs). But HOLY SMOKES! I bought four for $120.

    13. retrosandie says:

      Pam, I, too, love the pedestal bases and was lucky enough to find a beautiful Chromecraft set, Saarinen style. I have just listed it on ebay because I moved into a 550 sq foot apartment and this set JUST DOES NOT FIT!!! I need to let it go, because I won’t have room for my furniture still in storage. It’s in my living room right now, but alas! no room for my hutch, curios, retro sewing table/chair, etc. I would love to show the listing on your site, but don’t know where. Just love your “new” set!!

    14. We sold some and have reposted on ebay at a discounted price.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150643203137

    15. Pam, this is so cool! I have 3 original Burke Vecta tulip chairs left of my set of 4 (fully upholstered in orange fabric) with a tulip table with white leather formica top. The base broke on one chair (after 20 some years and nobody could repair it) so I abandoned it. The other thing that was special was the set is “cocktail height” great for us 5’4″ folks. Just started looking for tulips with blue seats!!! Found your blog, got all excited: 75 available and I only need 4! Went to ebay and found there was only one bid, but can’t tell if all were sold. Soooo, if you know if the good cause has any left, I would dearly love to buy 4. Thanks!
      PS: Just found Deb, spoke with her and may get these after all.

    16. We still have around 50 left – so anyone who wants one is welcome to contact me- 607-727-3111 or dtwigg@sracenter.org! Thanks for your support!

    17. OH MY GOSH! I can’t believe I missed this post from three years ago, but my Dad worked at Krueger Metal Products my entire childhood, up until he retired! And because we could get a discount on chairs, we actually had this EXACT chair in our house in the 70′s! Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Pam! :)

    18. We still have a handful left!

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