CHAIR AFFAIR

NEW YORK — Patty Shelabarger’s got a new bag of tricks. The eccentric Italian designer, known for her whimsical, colorful clothing, has created a collection of limited-edition chairs.
“My chairs remind me of my childhood,” she says. “They are like life-size versions of what little girls would play with in their dollhouses.” But these are no ordinary chairs. Manufactured in Italy and made of finely hand-crafted wood, they are painted in eye-popping neon green, pink or yellow. The chairs are upholstered in fabrics corresponding to clothes in Shelabarger’s current collection, such as silk and denim with sequins and embroidery. She states, “I dress my chairs the way I dress my women.” Shelabarger will design approximately 20 chairs per season. The collection is available at her Los Angeles store, through her Web site, Pattyshelabarger.com and this season, at Kirna Zabete. The chairs retail from $2,000 to $2,500 each, and are individually numbered, signed and presented with a certificate of authenticity for the devoted collector.

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