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A Unique Mid-Century Modern Reclaimed Furniture Collection – PART ONE: Chairs

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Over four years, our owner, Joe Hindman, curated a collection of mid-mod furniture to decorate and furnish the hostel. Each piece tells a unique story of the design culture and community from the 60s to the 80s.

Since design rests at the forefront of everything we do, we wanted to share with you a little about each statement piece we have in our property. Enjoy the collection!

These Daystrom vinyl and chromium chairs feature a button-tufted support with a curved polished frame, perfect for a casual reading nook or dining chair. 

Hailing from 1934 in NY, Daystrom started out manufacturing ashtrays but by 1938 they moved to Boston and started making chromium kitchen furniture. Joe found this pair of chairs on

Vinyl and Chromium chairs by Daystrom
Vinyl and Chromium chairs by Daystrom

This beaut is one of our absolute favorite in our collection. Eero Aarnio made the first prototype of the Pastil chair out of polystyrene, which helped him to verify the measurements, ergonomics and rocking ability. In 1968 he received the American Industrial Award for its comfortable form and unique aesthetic. This ‘sweetie’ was designed in 1967. 

Eero got the idea for the Pastil when the Ball Chair was shipped around the world after its launch at Cologne’s International Furniture Fair in 1966. He thought there was a lot of empty, cushioned space inside the Ball Chair so he designed the Pastil to fit in this void. That’s why the diameter of the Pastil is the same as the opening of the Ball Chair.

This specific chair was used by Mack Truck as a furniture piece at the trade shows and events. We snagged this baby from Bowman Vintage in TN. 

Pastil Ball Chair by Aarnio Eero
Pastil Ball Chair by Aarnio Eero

Eero Saarinen designed the Tulip Armchair in 1955-56 as part of a series for the Knoll company based in NY. The chair’s design began to inspire additional furniture pieces such as tables and other upholstered armchairs. The cored idea was for the Tulip chairs and table to be used together, to get rid of the visual clutter of so many legs.

Eero SaarinenTulip Chairs
Eero Saarinen Tulip Chairs

Philadelphia based artist and industrial designer Frederic Weinberg produced and sold a wide variety of functional and decorative items under a company bearing his name. Though he is probably best known for his figural wire and fiberglass wall sculptures, he also produced retail fixtures, clocks, lamps and furniture for homes, institutions and businesses.

These mid-century stools are a play on Weinberg’s style and design found in other furniture pieces. We took the frames and reupholstered the seats with reclaimed leather cowhide scraps.

MCM Barstools with Cowhide
MCM Barstools with Cowhide

Circa 1970, the RMIC hand chair made its appearance. This funky chair is composed of plastic and is moulded to resemble a giant hand that has its palm turned upward, with its fingers serving as a backrest. 

The original hand chair was designed by surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg in 1962, when he was just 24 years old. But it seems that even from a very early age, Friedeberg rallied against structure and convention, finding inspiration in the Dadaist principle of creating anti-art for art’s sake.

RMIC Hand Chair
RMIC Hand Chair

The modern American style director’s chairs were introduced by the Gold Medal Camp Furniture company. In 1892, the Gold Medal Classic design won an award for excellence in casual furniture design in the lead-up to the 1893 World’s Fair Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

These black chairs were reclaimed from a furniture shop in Greenville and then we waxed the canvas seat and back after screen printing our logo after being inspired by similar Chanel monogramed chairs.

Modal Director’s Chair
Modal Director’s Chair

The Panton Chair is an S-shaped plastic chair created by the Danish designer Verner Panton in the 1960s. The world’s first moulded plastic chair, it is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Danish design. The chair was included in the 2006 Danish Culture Canon.

The idea of designing a stackable plastic chair was first expressed by the German architect and designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe before the Second World War. From the early 1950s, Panton too had dreamt of making a stackable, cantilevered plastic chair all in one piece. It is said he had been inspired in particular by a neatly stacked pile of plastic buckets. In 1956, he designed the S Chair which can be considered a forerunner of the Panton Chair. He saw it as an item of furniture in which the back, seat and legs were made of the continuous piece. It was first produced in 1965.

We proudly have 5 of these black beauties and appreciate every level of design that Panton put into this masterpiece. 

Panton Vernon Chair
Panton Vernon Chair

Without any manufacturer markings or labels, we’re uncertain of the history of these exquisite teak chairs, but we’re for sure thrilled by the simplicity and allure of the new mcm fabric we used to recover the seats and backs. Here’s a little wiki info on the Danish style and Han’s Wegner, most assuredly known for his prominent chair mcm chair designs. 

Danish modern is a style of minimalist furniture and housewares from Denmark associated with the Danish design movement. In the 1920s, Kaare Klint embraced the principles of Bauhaus modernism in furniture design, creating clean, pure lines based on an understanding of classical furniture craftsmanship coupled with careful research into materials, proportions and the requirements of the human body.


Best known as ‘the Master of the Chairs,’ Wegner created fascinating furniture with clean, organic and aesthetic lines, balanced by a minimalist and composed aspect. He was a modernist with emphasis on the practicality and elegance of each piece he crafted. He believed the versatility and usability of his designs were as vital for him as the looks of them. After graduating in architecture in 1938, he worked in Arne Jacobsen and Eric Møller’s office before establishing his own office in 1943. Striving for functionality as well as beauty, he became the most prolific Danish designer, producing over 500 different chairs. His Round Chair (technically Model 500) in 1949 was called “the world’s most beautiful chair” before being labelled simply “The Chair” after Nixon and Kennedy used it in a 1960 televised debate. His Wishbone Chair, also 1949, with a Y-shaped back split and a curved back, was inspired by a Chinese child’s chair he had seen. A work of simplicity and comfort, it is still made today by the Danish firm Carl Hansen & Son. Wegner’s designs can now be found in several of the world’s top design museums including New York’s Museum of Modern Art.