Earlier today I received the following email message from Vickie at Custer Furniture in Grand Rapids: "Your Rip Van Lee is done!! My warehouse guy said it is beautiful!!!" I thought only YPR could use that many exclamation points and get away with it. After about 4 years of searching on and off, I finally found the furniture company that has the rights to manufacture the Rip Van Lee chair, originally designed and manufactured by Carl Forslund Furniture in Grand Rapids. I lucked out when I found Carl Forslund Jr's email address on a Google search when he was listed as a board member for 'the Great Lakes Pastel Society' in their newsletter. Carl turned me on to his brother Jon who in turn sent me to Vickie at Custer's. Once the order was placed it only took 12 weeks to complete - much faster than the six months it took to get dad's blue chair. The chair in the photo is from Carl Forslund Furniture's 1959 catalog. The one I ordered is brick red. Hopefully it will be here in another week or two. Stop by and check it out when you can.
3 weeks ago