We’re finally getting close to finishing our chair design. It’s been a year in the works! We love the old Toledo UHL drafting chairs and wanted to create our own version of it. Restoration Hardware has replicated this chair already, but unfortunately I’ve heard the quality is not so good. A few of my clients have stated this and a restaurant project that I worked on is needing to replace their broken and worn out RH chairs and it hasn’t even been a year yet. RH updated their website and the chair description now reads “This collection is for residential use” which I think is a sneaky way of saying not commercial quality.
But our new chair will be commercial quality, as is everything we build. Our thought is that it needs to last 100 years or more. The seat height will be adjustable from dining to bar height which will make it very versatile. It’ll have a maple seat and back, just like the original Toledo chairs. We’ll probably make them with metal seats too. As with everything we make, these will be customizable to suit your specific needs. As for cost, it’ll be somewhere from $400-600, not exactly sure yet.
Below is an original Toledo drafting chair from the 20s so you can get an idea of our inspiration. These things last forever and you should expect the same from us.