lost and found chair

by Grace Bonney

The idea of “lost and found” has always had a special meaning for me. My love affair with antique furniture stems from an interest in the previous owners and imagining how they used a certain mirror, chair or piece of jewelry. (I love thinking about all the different people who have looked into an antique mirror over the years.) So when I think about something being “lost,” I immediately wonder who is going to find it, love it and give it a new home. That concept went into this new chair, which was part of a collaborative design project between Anneke van Bommel and Cameron Maclean. Based in Toronto, both designers created a series of chair designs using found chairs, materials and anything they could gather from the street that each chair is named after. In addition to repairing each chair, Anneke and Cameron created cut metal “cobwebs” to add visual interest around the chairs’ legs.

I love the contrast between the metal details and the warm wooden frame — it makes the chair feel like some antique/future hybrid that’s perfect for a modern home. You can see these chair designs in person at the Made at Home exhibition during Toronto’s International Design week, starting January 29th. The show will celebrate great new Canadian designers, so if you’re in the area, be sure to check it out. You can find more information on the show right here. xo, grace

Portrait photograph by Jason Moreland

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  • I feel the same way as you about old furniture. I love the fact that my pieces have a soul and I do wonder about their previous owners. Did some husband craft this cupboard for his wife? Love the post and it’s wonderful to see someone put a new take on a lost item to make it current. Love it!

  • Really fun chair, and I love that old piece of wood with the 2 holes – it would be great with mirror behind the holes and turned longways over a bathroom sink like a his-n-her thing, or for a very chic pet, it could be fitted with bowls on a raised platform.

  • Thanks everyone for your kind words…we worked together on this project for over 4 months! There are 5 chairs in total, and there was over 6 layers of paint on most of these when we f0und them. You can also see Camerons other work on his etsy page here:


  • Where is a great pic of the whole chair? There are only bits and pieces, I want to see one picture of the whole thing to see how it all comes together.

  • I agree, I wish I could see a picture of the entire chair along with the beautiful shots of details. I also would like to know how you embedded those flowers into the seat! Thanks!

  • Love the idea of Lost and Found. I have the same philosophy. How wonderful these two were able to take something that most would toss in the trash. Wow, they did wonders!

  • I hate to be Debbie Downer because this is so sweet and beautiful, but, is this just an art piece? It’s not very functional. The metal pieces look like they would snag your clothes and maybe cut your legs. I absolutely love the idea behind this piece, I just question how it actually serves as, you know, a chair.

  • Hi Debbie Downer,

    This piece is both an art piece and a practical, functional chair.
    The edges were smoothed so that they would not snag clothing. Intentionally. The chairs are all actually very practical, and comfortable.., if you hav any other questions, let me know…

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