I’m sure that anyone who has been to school in the last 40 years or so remembers the polypropylene stacker chair. They were generally one of two colours, either slate grey or a sludgy green, and to all intent and purposes were impossible to sit on for longer than 5 minutes without losing any feeling from the waist down. When the weather was hot you stuck to them like a limpet and when the weather was cold they sent a shock through your system when you sat on them, like stepping into a ice cold bath. All in all, not a very pleasant experience.
Move on 40 years and surprisingly the polypropylene stacking chair is having somewhat of a re-emergence. Now not only are they just found in schools, they’re also being used in some of the most funkiest cafe’s and eateries in the city. So why is this?
Firstly the polypropylene or PP chair is relatively cheap to produce. It can be moulded out of one piece of plastic which is pressed into position, so it’s also quick to produce. Polypropylene as a material is incredibly flexible, so it can easily be moulded into some amazing shapes and designs and finally, it can come in a multitude of colours from battleship grey through to sunburst yellow and burnt orange.
From a design viewpoint, it’s everything you would want in a chair with funky bold designs in some pretty amazing colours, but from a practical point of view the poly-prop stacking chair is even more special. As the name suggests they’re incredibly lightweight and are designed to stack one on top of each other. From a storage perspective or for those with limited storage space, this is ideal. They’re low maintenance in the fact that they simply need wiping down with a damp cloth to keep them looking as good as new, and they’re flexible in that they can be used both indoors and out. Just imagine how eye-catching a row of sunburst yellow chairs would be placed against sleek white tables on an outdoor patio or terrace area?
Flexibility in design
Because of their multitude of colours they provide complete flexibility in design. They look just as good complimenting a Moroccan inspired design with burnt oranges and terracotta’s as they would a classic monochrome theme with chairs in cool white or jet black. Finally how about really going to town and funking it up with vibrant chair collections in azure blues, pillar box reds, sunburst yellows, and shocking pinks?
As you can see the polypropylene stacking chair has come a long way since the school classrooms of the 70’s and 80’s and has gone from something that was uncomfortable and let’s face it… ugly, to the epitome of cutting-edge chic. Who would have thought it?
At Cafe Chairs Melbourne we stock a large range of polypropylene stacking cafe chairs in a wide range of colours, so why not log on and take a closer look. If you can’t find what you’re looking for or need advice then contact our experienced team on 07 3205 1616 who are happy to assist. Alternatively if you’re passing the Brendale area of Brisbane then you can always pop into our showroom where you can see much of the furniture we have on offer first hand.