Hello and welcome to...
On Friendship and Chairs
I opened On Friendship in Chairs in December 2019. Inspired by my granparents who rans several antique shops for many years, I decided to follow in their footsteps and adapt and update the family business. The shop now specialises in mid-century furniture, as well vintage homeware and gifts.
The name and the Philosophy...
The name came out of a book I found in a dusty cupboard in my grandparents house - a book by Chinese philosopher Lin Yutang. His philosophy on friendship and chairs is this...
That the sign of true friendship is to enter someone’s home and make yourself as comfortable as you possibly can... by reclining on armchairs, ‘lolling’ across the furniture and putting your feet up on the coffee table.
In the words of Lin Yutang himself:
“Today any man who calls himself another’s friend must not be afraid to put his legs on top of a desk in his friend’s room [...]
After all, to make oneself at home and look restful, is only to help one’s host or hostess succeed in the difficult art of hospitality.”
And so, inspired by Lin Yutang, we’re selling furniture and homeware (old and new) to help you make your home as welcoming and comfortable as possible. To create a unique space that invites admiration (of course) but also lots of lolling and friendship.
Hopefully see you in the shop soon!