I Like…Luxembourg Chairs

Here’s a bit of Paris I’d love to recreate at home! I am obsessed with these classic metal chairs and loungers that dot public parks across Paris.


I covet a pair of these low Luxembourg armchairs! Of course I wouldn’t turn my nose up at the chairs, either… Photo: Carol Standil

I first flirted with Fermob’s Luxembourg chairs in the Jardin des Tuileries and then fell in love in the Jardin du Luxembourg, from where they take their name. Not only are they comfortable, but they’re easy to move around to wherever they’re needed. Even on a cool day we saw people pulling together groups of chairs to share a picnic lunch, or seking a sunny spot to relax with a good book.

I like them in the original green as seen above, but if that’s not your cup of (green) tea, Fermob offers a whole host of colourful options. They also make co-ordinating footstools and tables.

The Luxembourg range, initially produced for the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, has become something of a legend in its own right. Its style is an emblem of French design – an expression of French culture in furniture form! Today, Luxembourg is a fabulous collection made from aluminium whose watchwords are lightness, joie de vivre and conviviality. Recently, Fermob asked Frédéric Sofia to reinterpret the legendary chairs and armchairs of the Jardin du Luxembourg, created in 1923 in the Paris parks department workshops, and which Fermob still manufactures today for the city’s public gardens. The result was a whole collection of furniture with the same distinctive lines and forms, combining the lightness and resistance of aluminium with the comfort of curved seat slats. Source: Fermob.com/en

These beauties don’t come cheaply, but I’m saving up for a pair of the low recliners for my back yard. And maybe a pair of the armchairs… Sigh.

Cheap and cheerful Luxembourg chair substitute

In the meantime, I’ll be looking for something to lend this Paris park feel to my presently rather underwhelming space.

Ikea Roxo Armchair spring 2013

ROXO armchair – Source: Ikear

This ROXO armchair from good old Ikea might fill the bill for now. It comes in a dark gray or white as well as orange, and, at $59 it’s a far more affordable way to get the look. (There’s also a matching bench, and an armless chair that would be fun paired with a little bistro table,)

What do you think? What kind of furniture are you itching to add to your outdoor space?

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