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.



    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

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