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The Deal: Pantone folding chairs

November 9, 2010 |  6:00 am

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True, you can buy a set of folding chairs from big box stores, but what if you don't want gray or beige? With a slightly larger budget, Pantone can make your holiday spirits bright.

The company that creates coded color-matching systems for designers and painters has gone into the housewares business in a big way. If you've been in a museum store or design shop lately, you've no doubt seen coffee mugs, espresso cups, storage tins, kitchen scales and pepper mills.

Picture 5The Pantone folding chair, produced by the fashionable Italian firm Seletti, is made of powder-coated steel with glossy vinyl seats. Each features the corresponding Pantone Color System number imprinted on the front of the seat and back of the chair.

I could do without the visible screws on the back, because I am picky like that. Still, the chairs are miles more interesting than the standard folding chair, so perhaps you won't be so quick to stash them in a closet after the party. Hang them in a kitchen nook or on the kids' room wall.

The chairs are available in the colors here plus gray and turquoise, Pantone's color of the year for 2010. 

Though you may see them selling for $90 each or more at local design stores, I found them for $63 apiece at Yoox.com. Shipping is reasonable: You can get up to four Pantone chairs sent by standard service (five to eight business days) for a flat $9.50 fee.

Just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. 

-- David A. Keeps

Photo credits: Pantone, Seletti