Mid-Century Style School Chairs

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midcentury school chairs by olivia scott taylor 

Now I think you might like these. Mid-century style school chairs with a contemporary twist. Interested? I thought you might be. Olivia Scott-Taylor works with her mother, Lesley, to create these fabulous chairs which you can buy in sets or in mismatching groups.

mismatched mid century school chairs
mismatched mid century school chairs

The idea came from Lesley who wanted to create something original for her own kitchen and decided to refurbish a collection of mid-century steel and ply chairs using paint effects and lacquering techniques. Like all the best brilliant ideas (why can’t I have one of these) as soon as her friends saw them they all wanted one and a business idea was born.

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chairs by olivia scott-taylor

However, the reality of finding, and working with, original chairs quickly became apparent. Often the legs were twisted, the ply was split and they were simply too small and low for the modern bottom. It was then that Olivia came up with the idea of making their own chairs and it went from idea to business.

mismatched retro chairs by olivia scott taylor
mismatched retro chairs by olivia scott taylor

There are now 19 different styles starting at £145 and increasing to £165 for the striped back (as opposed to just painted legs) but they do offer a bespoke service if you want a particular colour combination that isn’t pictured on the site.

Do let me know what you think. I’m excited to show you them.

Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.


  1. I agree with Taste of France. Memories of struggling through hours of exams are still painfully etched on my brain and derriere. But I LOVE those tiles on the wall. Do we have details of those, please?

  2. I LOVE these chairs, such a simple idea but so effective. I’d be happy with any of the colours, striped or not. I’ve got a large oak dining table though and to buy enough chairs to go round would be quite pricey. Might have to save up!

  3. Sort of like a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there–they are handsome, especially as painted, but having spent many years of forced sitting on similar, I know they are uncomfortable (the better to stay awake in class, right). I wouldn’t want to do an evening-long dinner party on them, but lunch would be OK.

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