New Inventory, Princess Diana and a Silent Observer of Presidential History

Last year I had several clients ask if I had a gold rental chair option.  I struggled with this request, because while I would love to accommodate every rental need for my clients, I also want to stay true to my goal of offering unique rentals.  One day as I was watching political news (did we do anything else in 2016?), I realized that I was looking at a chair that was different from anything else I had seen previously.   As I researched I found photos of White House dinners, dating back to the Kennedy administration, featuring this regal gold chair.    

 

1962 - State Dining Room set for a dinner during the Kennedy administration; random fact - the china is from the Truman administration.  (Photo by George Mobley)

1962 - State Dining Room set for a dinner during the Kennedy administration; random fact - the china is from the Truman administration.  (Photo by George Mobley)

1965 - First Lady Lady Bird Johnson inspecting tables prior to a dinner for Princess Margaret.  Image via Getty Images. 

1965 - First Lady Lady Bird Johnson inspecting tables prior to a dinner for Princess Margaret.  Image via Getty Images. 

1973 - "Remarks at a Reception for Returned Prisoners of War" (Nixon).  This dinner was actually in a tent outside the White House.  

1973 - "Remarks at a Reception for Returned Prisoners of War" (Nixon).  This dinner was actually in a tent outside the White House.  

1975-Old west themed decorations for a state dinner honoring President Anwar al-Sadat of Egypt (Ford Library).

1975-Old west themed decorations for a state dinner honoring President Anwar al-Sadat of Egypt (Ford Library).

1977-The Carters hosting a dinner in 1977 (Carter Library)

1977-The Carters hosting a dinner in 1977 (Carter Library)

I hunted and searched and searched until I found a company that would offer what I wanted - a timeless gold chair that would withstand trends and still work under the demands of weekly weddings.  I ordered a sample and it sat in my kitchen for about three months while I thought about whether or not I wanted to take this step.  

1981 - Table settings in the President's Dining Room for the Prince of Wales Prince Charles' private dinner. (Reagan Library)

1981 - Table settings in the President's Dining Room for the Prince of Wales Prince Charles' private dinner. (Reagan Library)

1990 - President George HW Bush is signing the Americans with Disabilities Act on the South Lawn (Encyclopedia Britannica)

1990 - President George HW Bush is signing the Americans with Disabilities Act on the South Lawn (Encyclopedia Britannica)

1997 - The Clintons at an event in the White House (CNN)

1997 - The Clintons at an event in the White House (CNN)

2006 - President George W Bush and Mrs Laura Bush pose in the State Dining Room prior to a dinner in honor of the president of Ghana

2006 - President George W Bush and Mrs Laura Bush pose in the State Dining Room prior to a dinner in honor of the president of Ghana

2009 - The Obamas pose in the State Dining Room before the Governors Dinner

2009 - The Obamas pose in the State Dining Room before the Governors Dinner

2017 - First Lady Melania Trump hosts the annual Governor's Ball with her husband President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House.  This event is actually still taking place while I'm publishing this post!

2017 - First Lady Melania Trump hosts the annual Governor's Ball with her husband President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House.  This event is actually still taking place while I'm publishing this post!

My final decision was that if any chair can last through eleven administrations, historic events through the decades, and host every kind of group on the planet while still maintaining it's elegance, then it was a chair I could happily incorporate into my inventory.  I currently have a sample of the Regal chair available to view at my warehouse, and they will be available for events soon.  Interested?  Just send me a note and we'll get started!

2017 - It fits right in with my other inventory!  Photo by Shelby Photography

2017 - It fits right in with my other inventory!  Photo by Shelby Photography

Just for fun - the Regal chair also shows up in pop culture!  

1985 - Reagan Administration - John Travolta and Princess Diana dance to music from "Saturday Night Fever". Her dress was later called the Travolta dress.  

1985 - Reagan Administration - John Travolta and Princess Diana dance to music from "Saturday Night Fever". Her dress was later called the Travolta dress.  

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