Mention a Peacock chair and you’ll think of one thing—beauty queens. The stately wicker chair on a rattan frame with a high, dramatically curved back (like a peacock’s tail, hence the name) has been the staple seat of beauty queen misses from the 1950s onwards. It has also been the favorite accent chair of 60s and 70s Hollywood, and was touted as the seat of choice of cool people, as stated in this website.
The Peacock chair is having a bit of a comeback, as seen at last year’s Manila FAME, where contemporary furniture designers exhibited their own versions of the classic chair. It is this Peacock “renaissance” and a curiosity about all things Filipino that got American-born and Philippine-based mother-of-three and blogger Amber Smith-Folkman (amommabroad.com) interested in creating a kid’s version of the chair.
Relates Amber: “The Peacock chair is one of the most iconic furniture pieces of all time. Even if you know nothing about interior design you know what a peacock chair is…when I learned the Peacock chair originated from the Philippines something in my heart burst and my bones ached for me to have one in my home. I admired the Peacock Redux at Manila FAME for great lengths (I even wrote a post about it) and brought it all full circle.”
Amber’s dream of creating a mini Peacock chair came to fruition when she brought it up with cool kids’ home accessories purveyor Marie Field-Faith of Pottly n Tubby. “Marie had talked about a small project a few years ago,” Amber says. “We have both been parents abroad at one time or another and share the experiences of falling in love with the design of our host countries. I love everything Filipino, so handicrafts and other decor items pop up all over the home, it is only right for a self-proclaimed ‘Foreignay’ to have a peacock chair in her home.”
Amber and Marie’s peacock chairs for Pottly n Tubby come in two styles: the first is the classic Peacock (above) that is downsized to kid proportions. The second is called the Flower Rattan chair (below) with a lower, petal-shaped back.
The chairs—which are handmade in a small workshop in Quezon City and in a larger workshop up north—come in kiddie pastel colors like lemon yellow, pistachio, sky blue, and blush, but also come in adult-friendly shades of light gray and black (these chairs also look great as accent pieces in grownup rooms).
Both styles still maintain the flamboyant air of the classic Peacock, and are the perfect pieces for kids to play dress-up with and pretend they are beauty queens, any day, every day.
The Peacock chair sells for P3,950 and the Flower Rattan chair goes for P4,500 exclusively at Pottly n Tubby