Hardoy Butterfly Chairs

August 24th, 2009

Ahhhhhhhh, the pleasing beautiful symmetry of a matching pair.
*Don’t mind the messy bookcases, they are getting ready for a big change.

I picked up a pair of vintage Knoll Hardoy Butterfly (BFK) Chairs for $60 a pop off of craigslist. Now I have three of these babies. Admittedly an odd amount for one small house.

I dream they will one day be finished off with
leather slings. Like so:


Yummm. Leather.

I’ve found it difficult to source a buttery leather sling that doesn’t cost a fortune. Circa 50 has them, but at $200+ for just one – I’ll have to pass. I may just have to have one fabricated or DIY it.

While I wait for the ultimate leather version to pop up I’m going to use some cheap-o black canvas slings that should arrive shortly through the power of ebay.

So the pair should look like so:


They need a little sanding and a fresh coat of black paint, but in no time they will be BRINGING it (stylewise) to the living room.

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  1. Benita on 08/24/2009:

    I just found your log. Am in love.

  2. Peggy on 08/24/2009:

    I've often wondered about those chairs. Can you actually sit in them? I adore your coffee table!

  3. Airika on 08/24/2009:

    yay now we can have camping chairs for 2.

  4. THE BRICK HOUSE on 08/24/2009:

    Peggy, you can sit in them when they have slings…right now, not so much. They are comfy!

  5. Vicki @ Piccolo Takes All on 08/24/2009:

    I am honored to have my photo used as a refernce on your blog (I have been so horrible at updating my own)!

    I got another butterfly chair a few weeks ago with a red canvas cover. Averaged, I paid $57.50 each. Not too shabby.

    I would also love to eventually get a leather sling. Please let us know if you figure out how to get or make one on the cheap!

  6. Kathy on 08/24/2009:

    It's so funny to see these chairs so popular right now. When I was setting up my first apartment these were the cheapest chairs we could find so we had them too.

    I do love the leather ones though. Urban Outfitters has a nice one for $248 as well.


  7. THE BRICK HOUSE on 08/24/2009:

    The vintage BFK chairs are amazing, I've always been a fan. I kinda hate the folding knock-offs though. Something about the rigid form is so sculptural while the folding ones seem a bit disposable…and the one at UO seems overprices, although it is leather.

  8. Vicki @ Piccolo Takes All on 08/24/2009:

    Yeah, I'm not sure I get the leather sling on such a cheap-looking frame.

  9. My Farmhouse Kitchen on 08/24/2009:

    Hey, I think they will look great in the black canvas..nice going'!

    Love your blog..as always


  10. arbol on 08/25/2009:

    I found a couple frames on Craigslist ($10 ea) recently and have 2 questions:
    1) how do you know that they're original Hardoy Knoll chairs versus a well done copy?
    2) do you have a link for the covers through ebay? Circa 50 is a little spendy.

  11. FROM THE RIGHT BANK on 08/25/2009:

    Love 'em!

  12. Anonymous on 08/26/2009:


  13. deedee9:14 on 08/28/2009:

    Love these but always had a hard time getting out of them. My centre of gravity is all jacked up. LOVE the leather ones though.

  14. saige on 09/28/2009:

    Found one on the side of the road yesterday with a really beaten up cover….but still "sit-able." I have a small car so I had to tie it in the half open trunk with a hair dryer cord!It is fantastic! I am going to go leather when the current one caves in. Did anyone ever find a cheaper leather sling source? Also, does anyone know how to tell if it is an oldie? Maybe by size?

  15. Anne on 01/30/2010:

    Here is a source of leather covers – don’t dismiss too quickly as prices are in AUS dollars, so you will need to do a currency coversion. I think they also do a cowhide version. These are really high quality – superior to any others I have seen.

  16. Susan on 03/28/2010:

    I’d love to know where Anne was talking about. An Australian supplier would be great to find.

  17. vicki blundell on 08/20/2010:

    i have original chair but circa50 sizing is too small.my chairs are 34” at top and 29” bottom where can i get covers to fit

  18. Elizabeth on 10/04/2011:

    I have been looking for these chairs in Australia for years. Does anyone know where I can get them, please

  19. hans on 09/10/2016:

    i would like to purchase the chair frame…..how much and how much to ship
    thanks, h

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