Sunday, August 21, 2022

Director's Chairs

AGK Design Studio

I have always loved director's chairs. They have such a classic, chic, and casual vibe. They are also incredibly comfortable.

A director's chair is a lightweight chair that folds side-to-side with a scissors action. The seat and back are made of canvas or a similar strong fabric which bears the user's full weight and can be folded; the frame is made of wood, or sometimes metal or plastic. The seat and scissors members work together to support and distribute the sitter's weight so that the seat is comfortably taut. The back is usually low and the chair usually has armrests. The stereotypical image of a movie director on location includes one of these chairs, hence the name. Victor Papanek describes this chair as an excellent design in his book Design for the Real World as it is simple and ideally suited to its function. The design goes back to coffer-makers' chairs of the 15th century and eventually to the Roman curule chair.

The modern American style director's chairs were introduced by the Gold Medal Camp Furniture company, founded, owned and operated by William Gittings and the Gittings Family. 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. Gold Medal Directors Chairs are now manufactured in Tennessee by The Lord's Table, Inc.

(via Wikipedia)

The Director's Counter Stools in the kitchen above are from Serena & Lily. They are made of teak and Sunbrella fabric, so they can be used indoors or out. They are available in three colors, Navy, Platinum, and Classic Stripe. 

Director's Counter Stool

The Director's Chair is also available in standard dining chair height.

Director's Chair

This classic chair is also made by Ralph Lauren, in canvas and mahogany, but I prefer the teak and the Sunbrella of the Serena & Lily version, and it's a fraction of the price.

Ralph Lauren Summer Hill Greenport Director's Chair

Serena & Lily is having their dining sale now, with dining must - haves, all specially priced. Shop the sale here. 

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Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

The Serena & Lily Dining Sale includes everything dining related including counter stools, dining chairs, dining tables, table top, bars and bar carts, consoles, and benches and banquettes. Shop here.

This is a great time to invest in their iconic South Seas Bar Cart.

South Seas Bar Cart

Or the iconic Riviera Dining Chair.

Riviera Dining Chair


  1. You are spot on. They are a classic.

  2. As a young married couple in the mid-70s, we bought a teak dining table in the Danish style. We knew we would be moving multiple times for graduate school. We used really inexpensive director’s chairs because they were so easy to collapse for moving. Always comfortable, guests lingered at our table for many conversations. These by S&L are beautiful. Thanks for the memories!