Saturday, August 8, 2009

REAC Limited Colors Vol. 2



Whoo Hoo!
You know, I need to find another way to store these bad boys. Right now I have 2-3 cases of every set that they have ever produced, but I still keep the boxes. I'm thinking of ditching the boxes to save space. I'm just not sure what would be the best way to store these chairs after. The only thing I ever saw that might work was this monstrous plastic drawer unit on casters. It would be great if Reac came out with a couple of cool cases for these...

Images: Reac Japan

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  1. Ditching the boxes... I have only just started out on buying Reac chairs, and already am pondering what to do with the individual boxes (haven't bought a set yet). Should collectors keep the boxes for posterity or doesn't it matter? I thought about collapsing the individual boxes, but there's still the plastic innards to store. Keep us posted on what you decide to do! I'd be interested to read the outcome.

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    1. Due to the fact that these are mass produced, I doubt that these chairs will retain/gain any value in the long run. Other than the collectors that might want to purchase them from another collector, but I doubt they will worry to much if they are in the original box or not.
      Now Vitra's 1:6 collectible chairs...those boxes I would save.
      I had the same problem with my chairs, so I chucked the boxes, and I now store my chairs in clear plastic bins with dividers that I got from IKEA. They were pretty cheap, and they stack. The clear case also helps determine what's inside them when stacked.

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  2. I know you don't build doll houses, but perhaps you could re-purpose all those boxes for an abode! Is this an existing volume that has been around awhile, or is this a new release? Perhaps new, since it features a new chair?

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  3. Hi Susan,
    I, too, am unsure about tossing out the shell cases. I really would like the chairs to be out of all the boxes so that I can see what I want at a glance and quickly grab and place, but am afraid that I might be exposing them to the dangers of broken limbs, etc. without the protection of the shell cases. Hopefully I'll be able to find a storage solution sooner than later.

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  4. Hi Callsmall,

    Any attempt made by me to make a dollhouse out of the empty Reac boxes would be so pathetic and laughable. It would be entertaining though. Ha ha! These chairs are a new release.

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  5. Mmm, one compromise might be to flatten the outer boxes and to keep the plastic shells to store in a larger plastic box/drawer unit. The shells are about the right hight for underbed storage boxes or similar. Really Useful Boxes are an ultra tough plastic crate system we have here in the UK - how about in the USA?

    Obviously I have a LONG way to go before I get to your storage problem point, though with 12 identical chairs collected for my "English village hall quilt scene", it might not be far off! (Vol 1, No. 5 in black, as close as I can get to the classic village hall polyprop (after Robin Day)).

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  6. Really cool sofa...I have done the same thing...keeping the darn boxes. What you can do is to carefully pull the boxes apart and then store them flat. The innards are difficult to deal with. I always hear that toys and their boxes need to be kept together to keep their value. As far as displaying the chairs, I have put them all together on a cute shelf. Now, having said that, my house is starting to look a bit like a toy store! Ahhh...what I go through to "recapture" my childhood!!!

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  7. I really want those Arne Jacobsen chairs. yum!

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  8. Hey MC, I have removed myself from mini purchases for quite some time (when I no longer do searches for 'Dollhouse Miniatures' on ebay), but this set is sooooo tempting and may just be enough to lure me back =)

    My one yr of maternity leave is now over. Back at work and not much 'leisure time' ...

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  9. Hey VWong!
    Whoa! That 1 yr went by quickly. Where did the days go? I'm still jealous of that wonderful amount of leave time. Anyway, I know the transition or those transitions are tough. I hope you get some "me" time in.

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  10. So, I ordered an egg and swan chair set on eBay, and they arrived with that the seller is calling a "manufacturer's defect." The egg chair has indentations on each top corner (especially on the right), and since the material is fuzzy it is noticeable. Just curious -- do yours show this flaw? Also, the swivel legs on both chairs come straight off, which I have noticed with other Reac chairs, but not all of them.

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    1. These chairs are 'flocked'. You can buy this material at Michael's...I think it's a Martha Stewart product. You probably won't be able to match the color exactly, but it will allow you to fill in the defects, and use a 3M 77 spray glue to attach the new flock. Spray the chair(make sure to tape off any of the chrome) and then sprinkle the flock on in layers. Should do the trick...

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  11. My sets should be arriving sometime this week. I'll let you know if the fuzzy chairs have the "manufacturer's defect". I do know that the swivel bottoms typically do detach but have never had any problems with them. That's frustrating news...

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  12. Thanks, MC. I heard back again from the seller, and he said all the other sets of those two chairs have indentations in the corners of the egg chairs. I have a week to decide to keep or return! I'd be grateful to hear of the quality of your egg chair when it arrives!

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  13. Well Call Small,
    My package of chairs from HK has been lost in the mail. HK mail services and the U.S. Postal Service are both trying to find out where my registered package was delivered. Huge sigh. I have no idea how long this will take to remedify...

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  14. Thanks for the update -- I should have checked back here sooner to offer words of sympathy for your (potential) loss!!! That stinks!! Will the seller re-send you a box if it is not found?

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  15. Hi callsmall,
    They found my chairs. One egg chair has a small indentation but that is all. The rest seem perfect. So happy to have my merchandise.

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  16. I usually order Reac chairs through ebay or Angolz.

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  17. About the boxes, I wanted to offer this advice: Keep one, ditch the rest. (Unless you plan to sell them). The boxes are nice, but not that nice. Since one box shows all styles of that series, fold it flat and file it away. Let go of the plastic inserts. We must be ever vigilant of clutter, non? And I say the boxes are clutter. The chairs are worth displaying, (tending, dusting, etc) but the boxes are not. If you come to regret this act, blame me and move on.

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