I have this childhood memory of sitting in the backseat of my parent’s car while on our way to someone’s cottage. (Not sure who’s cottage – my memory’s not perfect!)
The sweltering heat of July was blowing in through the open windows (non-existent air conditioning!) causing us 4 kids crammed in the back seat to stick together but it did not matter because somehow I had won the coveted position of a window seat. I had an unimpeded view. Happy, happy!
On our journey I remember passing by a roadside motel, with a name something like Lakeside Motel or Three Lakes Motel, and thought it funny that there was no lake in sight although there was a pool out front. The motel was a long, 1-storey stucco building painted bright white with green roof shingles and blue painted doors. To the side of each blue door was a very ‘mod’ looking chair in bright orange.
I have never forgotten this image – colourful yes, but it was the groovy orange chairs that I fell in love with.
The designers were recruited by an injected-molding plastics company, Industries Provinciales Ltée, of Quebec to produce a comfortable and stylish modern indoor/outdoor chair. The chair was designed in one weekend! The chair fell off the ‘design radar’ for a number of years but has recently made a big comeback. The Solair chair is now in production and distribution by Industries Emile Lachance Ltée
I recently came across these chairs for sale in a rainbow of colours at The Hudson Bay Company in downtown Toronto.
A feeling of nostalgia came over me especially when I realized that my childhood memory is now an iconic piece of Canadian design. (The chair, not my memory!)
All images via Modmissy