In honor of Independence Day, we’re highlighting a set of vintage stools from Blackwatch ’68 that epitomize Americana in a way tasteful enough to seat guests year-round. Upholstered in our nation’s colors and outfitted with stars or stripes, the stools are patriotic when mix and matched, or can be whimsically neutral when displayed solo.
Blackwatch ’68—a company founded by Chicagoan Elan Peltz that rehabs furniture and whole buildings alike—originally created the limited-edition stools for a client. “A woman was redoing her kitchen all white, but wanted something Americana [for accent],” Peltz explains. “What’s more Americana than a flag stool?” The stools themselves are vintage pieces from an old school in Northern Wisconsin, and the stars/stripes upholstery comes from Peltz’s own collection of aged, distressed flags.
“I get my inspiration from industrial and simple primitive forms that generate creative ideas to experiment with,” Peltz says. “A huge inspiration has been our family home in the town of Telluride, Colorado, where rusty metal siding and old Aspen trees collide in a setting of gorgeous mountains and streams.” Peltz rehabs homes in both Chicago and Milwaukee, and peddles his one-of-a-kind wares at local markets and in menswear shops like Apartment Number 9 (1804 N. Damen Ave., 773-395-2999) and Haberdash (607 N. State St., 312-624-8551).