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You Can Buy Anna Wintour’s Office Chair Online

Photo: Vogue

I first spotted Anna Wintour’s office chair in her 73 Questions video. It begins with Wintour perched at her desk answering rapid-fire questions. She sits in a steel paint-splattered chair at around 5:05 that’s surprisingly industrial, considering Wintour’s country-cottage interiors aesthetic.

Even though I initially spied the chair in the video, most people first caught a glimpse of it in the 2009 behind-the-scenes-at-Vogue documentary The September Issue. Then, this past Sunday, the desk chair appeared again in the business section of the New York Times, as part of a photo series that peeks inside powerful people’s offices (the photo is not online, annoyingly). The chair, originally designed by metalworker Xavier Pauchard for the French brand Tolix in 1934, has spawned countless knockoffs, and in recent years, it’s become, as Vox calls it, “the metal chair that’s in every restaurant.” Even if you know it from your local California Pizza Kitchen, the chair is a classic, and you can buy it for $251 at Design Within Reach.

The chairs in their natural habitat. Photo: Conde Nast
Tolix Marais A Chair

The Marais is widely known as the French bistro chair (authentic ones are still manufactured by hand in the same town in Burgundy where the company was founded), but if the Tolix original is too rich for your blood, we found some good look-alikes, too.

Some Marais look-alikes

Cronan Industrial Chic Xavier Pauchard Tolix Style Dining Chair

We found this very similar look-alike for half the price of the Marais A Chair.

Poly and Bark Trattoria Side Chair in Polished Gunmetal (Set of 2)

Buying the chairs two at a time is cost-effective, especially if you want to add them to your dining room or kitchen table.

Tabouret Bistro Vintage Dark Bronze Steel Side Chairs (Set of 2)

And if your décor style leans a little more vintage, check out this set in dark bronze. As an added bonus, the steel chairs are fully stackable to save space.

Aron Living Modern Black Tolix Side Chair

And if you want a more graphic look, we recommend this all-black option.

Redsmith Dining Chair

This light-pink chair offers a sweet pop of color.

Tolix Style Dining Chair Stackable Bistro Chair, Green (Set of 4)

We also like this on-trend mint-green set. They’re slightly distressed and would look right at home on your terrace or in your garden.

Tolix Style Metal Industrial Loft Designer Red Cafe Chair

A bold (and inexpensive) cherry-red option.

However, Wintour’s chairs aren’t just plain steel. They appear to be splatter-painted, and that’s probably because they’re vintage. To get the look for yourself, we consulted with interior designer Natalie Kraiem, founder of Natalie Kraiem Interiors, for the best tips and tricks to achieve the same effect. “There are several steps to having a successful experience and results while painting furniture yourself,” she says and the first one is prep. She recommends doing the work outside your home, as the chemical smell from the paint will be strong.

She also recommends making sure that all surfaces are clean and dust-free, as any dust left on the furniture will create small bubbles once the paint dries. And of course, “the work area should be protected with disposable plastic to avoid damage, and you should wear something that you don’t mind staining.”

How to splatter-paint your chair so it looks just like Anna’s

Krylon K08800007 ‘Dual’ Superbond Paint and Primer, Gloss White, 12 Ounce

In order to replicate Anna Wintour’s splattered chairs, Kraiem’s top recommendation is to use spray paint. “Spray paint is easier to handle and it dries out faster than other paint types,” she explains. She suggests spraying the can from a distance, about 20 inches away, and mimicking brushstroke motions while you spray. “This will distribute the splatter marks nicely, leaving it looking abstract like an art piece.”

Pro-Grade Home Wall/Trim House Paint Brush Set
Valspar 65001 Premium Interior/Exterior Latex Enamel, 1-Quart, Satin White

According to Kraiem, “Another great option is to use latex paint and a medium-size brush because latex paint is very durable on furniture.” Kraiem also recommends using paint that has a satin or semigloss finish, “as that kind will dry faster than oil-based paint.” And if you need to prime the surfaces prior to painting, “make sure your primer is the same finish as the paint.”

Lastly, as a super-low-tech option “get some water bottles and fill them with paint that can be splattered all over Jackson Pollock–style.”

KILZ MAX Maximum Stain and Odor Blocking Interior Latex Primer/Sealer

Again, if you need to prime the surfaces prior to painting, “make sure your primer is the same finish as the paint.”

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You Can Buy Anna Wintour’s Office Chair Online