Our shipment from Gallant & Jones—makers of fabulously cheerful and impossibly hip deck chairs—arrived yesterday, just in time for the 4th of July! As I unpacked them, the sun started to shine. It was like the appearance of the chairs cued summer to (finally!) start in Portland.
The chairs were inspired by classic striped English deck chairs, but they are North American to their core. The impeccably built frames were designed by two British expats, Gwyn and Tamra, and are hand-built by them in their little workshop in Vancouver, British Columbia. The frames are made from North American White Oak, which is a durable hardwood, even in the rainy Northwest. The fabric slings are handwoven in Mexico by a family of 3rd generation weavers, and the little pillow is stitched right here in Portland, Oregon and made out of 100% organic cotton.
After sitting in the deck chairs, I am pretty sure that lounging around in one without a trashy novel and a cocktail is a crime. If it’s not, it should be. The chairs have three sitting positions, which are perfect for the following things:
Position # 1: Reading. Hopefully devouring the aforementioned trashy novel.
Position #2: Drinking. Preferably before 5:00.
Position #3: Sleeping. Ideally in the middle of the day. Double points if your nap takes place during the week.
We have a limited supply of the Cabin, Dock, and Woodland chairs (the textiles are pictured from left to right above). Each chair is $325. With every purchase, Gwyn and Tamra dontate money to Love Trees, a non-profit that gives tree seedlings to children and empowers them to care for the tree and watch it grow.
Even if you don’t have a deck, the chairs are sure to brighten up a balcony or lawn. And they fold flat, so you can pop them in the trunk and bring them to the beach!