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wanted! superstar intern

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We’re on the look out for a superstar design intern to assist in the studio one day per week beginning this spring. To apply please email your resume to We look forward to hearing from you!

by appointment only

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Beginning September 7th, Twelve Chairs will be open by appointment only. We’re shifting our focus from full-time shop to our design studio and full-scale clients. We look forward to continuing to be a resource for new, vintage, and custom pieces for designers and customers alike. To set up an appointment, shoot us an e-mail at or give us a call at 617.982.6136. Hope to hear from you soon!

tip of the trade: buying vintage

Have you heard of Chairish? It’s a great new online marketplace for vintage furniture and home decor. Our shop recently debuted on the site and to celebrate we are sharing our top tips for buying vintage.

Chairish Chairs   Chairish Blue and White                     Chairish Brass

1. MAKE A LIST. In your phone type a list of any vintage pieces you are on the hunt for. Phones are ideal because its rare these days to leave home without our devices. Be sure to include measurements of the spaces where theses pieces are intended to live. This way when you come across a darling painting in an antique store you’ll be able to verify it will fit just perfectly on that empty wall in your entryway.

2. BRING A TAPE MEASURE. The scale of furniture can be deceiving (especially when you are shopping at an outdoor market). Refer to your handy phone list to double check dimensions before buying. This is especially a helpful hint when purchasing  tables and casegoods.

3. BUY WHAT YOU LOVE. Buying vintage is personal. Like art, it should resonate with you. Ignore the trends and invest in pieces that speak to you. These are the pieces that will give your home soul.

4. BEWARE OF PROJECTS. You come across this upholstered chair at an amazing price. It has a great looking frame, but the fabric is dated and worn. You think to yourself, “no big deal I’ll just have it reupholstered”. While this can be a great idea it is also one that requires an investment of time and funds. Before buying make sure you love the chair enough that you are committed to its refurbishing.

5. GET CHATTY. Dealers can be fantastic sources of knowledge. Whether it be the story behind a piece, other local dealers to visit, or the best place in town to grab lunch, talking up a dealer is a great idea.

6. HAGGLE LIKE A PRO. Here is our go to approach when shopping antique fairs (note: this is one venue where haggling is appropriate and even encouraged). Discover a piece you love and then decide what you would be willing to pay for it. Ask the dealer what their best price is on the piece. If their price matches your price – sold! Also if you are considering multiple pieces be sure to let the dealer know.

{all photographs by Amber Hakim}


holiday break


Happy Holidays! We will be spending the next two weeks with our dear friends and family. Our shop and studio will reopen on Tuesday January 6th. We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

closed today

Out sick today. So sorry we missed you. We plan to be open again tomorrow at 11am. Call to leave a message or email with any inquiries and we’ll be sure to get back to you first thing tomorrow.