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Chairs for Charity Sneak Peek: Claire Tibbs’s ‘Black Diamond’

Fifteen designers will be auctioning off their rehabbed chairs for charity on March 26. Here’s a sneak peak of Claire Tibb’s design and the inspiration behind it.

The Black Diamond: a 1963 Fiberglass & Chrome Knoll Bertoia Stool with Black Geometric Overlay.   Photos: Courtesy of Claire Tibbs

Chicago magazine is back with our 6th annual Chairs for Charity auction on Thursday, March 26, and the entries we’ve seen are looking amazing so far!

This year, 15 of the city’s most talented designers have been asked to redesign a vintage chair to be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting Designs for Dignity, where they help create environments for non-profit organizations. In the three weeks leading up to the event we will release three sneak peaks where we talk with the designers to understand how they crafted their chair.

First up is Claire Tibbs, 28. She is the owner of Humboldt House (1045 N. California Ave.), a vintage modern home shop in Humboldt Park. She graduated with a degree in Studio Art from Lake Forest College and began her career working in contemporary art galleries. Eventually her affinity for art, design, and vintage finds led her to open up her own shop in a neighborhood she loves. 

Humboldt House owner Claire Tibbs.

We asked Claire about the process and inspiration behind her chair, Black Diamond:           

Where did you find the vintage chair?

I found it on the north side of Chicago.

What were the materials used to redesign the chair?

I used chrome, fiberglass, and paint.

Where did you find the inspiration for your chair design?

I got my inspiration from the Humboldt House’s signature look and logo design. It’s based off clean geometric shapes in black and white and serves as a beautiful background to our collection of textiles and mid century furniture.

How would you incorporate your chair into a space?

This stool would be the perfect vintage modern accent to a kitchen, bar or workspace. The clean lines would be well suited for a contemporary or vintage home. The black and white color scheme could serve as a beautiful contrast to a colorful home or a crisp pop to a more subtly decorated interior.

Stay tuned for next week when we reveal another chair design! Tickets for Chairs for Charity can be purchased in advanced here
 

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