Madelynn Furlong Is in Long-Term Love with These Tom Dixon Chairs

What makes a pricey purchase “worth it”? The answer is different for everybody—so we’re asking some of the most stylish, shopping-savvy people we know to tell us the story behind one of their most prized—and most expensive—possessions.

Who: Madelynn Furlong, an Insta-famous art director and content creator in Los Angeles who has a self-proclaimed soft spot for chairs.

Madelynn’s Tom Dixon set in her dining room.

Photo: Madelynn Furlong
What: A set of four original Slab dining chairs by British designer Tom Dixon to the tune of about $2,000. (Reproductions sell for $1,000 each, so Madelynn’s chairs were a relative steal.) The set sits around her burl wood table from CB2, replacing a pair of “great, but not amazing” Craigslist chairs. The new seats fit right in. “I already had black elsewhere in my dining room—the light, the curtain rods,” Madelynn explains, “so I knew there were enough touches to pull everything together.”

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When: “I saw the Slab design on Pinterest a good four or five years ago,” Madelynn remembers. She soon discovered they were by Tom Dixon—and a major investment purchase. “I definitely couldn’t afford them at that time in my life, but they were always in the back of my head as a future option.” It was only about two months ago that she finally snagged a set.

“Okay, now I need to replace all my chairs,” Madelynn tells us with a laugh.

Photo: Courtesy of Madelynn Furlong
Where: Incredibly, Madelynn made the purchase mid–road trip. “I was browsing dining chairs on my phone and discovered, Oh my gosh, The Real Real has furniture, who would’ve thought? And I came across a set of Tom Dixon chairs. They weren’t on my radar at that point, but they’d been chairs I’d loved for so long and they were half off,” she recalls. “I was in a car with a friend and I said, ‘Wait, do I buy these?’ It was one of those things where I knew what I was shopping for and I just got really lucky.”

Madelynn had already been saving up for a few years when she bought the set.

Photo: Madelynn Furlong
“I love mixing high and low, vintage and designer, modern and old,” Madelynn says.

Photo: Madelynn Furlong
How: “I use this company called Digit,” says Madelynn. With every purchase on her debit card, the app sets aside a small amount of money in an account Madelynn has designated just for “fun” purchases like chairs or vacations. (She has a regular savings account at her bank for the big stuff.) “I don’t even think about it because I don’t see it; it’s ideal because I’m not dipping into it,” she says. “So when I went to buy the dining chairs, I realized, Oh, I have money in this account I didn’t even remember I had.”

Why: “They’ve always been those ideal dining chairs for me,” Madelynn says. “I love that they’re wood, that they’re stained black, their shape. I find them very striking.” Although they were her first big designer purchase, this is only the beginning of Madelynn’s chair collection: “I know that in my future there will be room for a Prouvé chair.”

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