Thursday, August 22, 2013

Viko Carefree Furniture: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

It's late on a Saturday morning, my head is aching, stomach grumbling, and I'm falling in and out of sleep. My vintage black couch not be the coziest thing ever but it's too gorgeous to complain about comfort. So the night before, I obviously had more of that cheap whiskey than my body wanted. My cell phone rings and I reluctantly answered. Well, it's a good thing I did because it's Viko Baumritter saying, "Grab a couple small bills, come get me, AND I'M ALL YOURS!". 

Okay, so it wasn't anyone named Viko Baumritter. Turns out, it was one of my lovely neighbors. Knowing how much I am into vintage stuff, she was calling to tell me that another neighbor had some neat old chairs out as part of her yard sale. Even though I felt like death, I couldn't pass this up since all I had to do was walk across the street. I slipped on some shoes and out the door I went. The neighbor who called me was still at the yard sale waiting to show me what she found. To my surprise there were two, mint condition Viko Baumritter chairs with a round Viko coffee table. I was stunned. This was really in a house across the street all my life? I happily gave the asking price even though there was a little kid jumping up and down on the bright orange chair like it was a trampoline. Coming through, once again, my neighbor told the kid to get off because it was now MINE! It took me three trips and all of four minutes to get both chairs and the table home. I'd say this had to be one of my best 'scores' in which I had to do almost nothing.

  I knew it was Viko from the minute I laid eyes on it. It was confirmed once I flipped one of the chairs over and saw these.

 The details of these are so awesome. From the stripes on the seats to the tilting motion of the back on the tan chair.

As I was cruising St. Louis craigslist one day, I stumbled across a couch with a really bad picture. Even though the picture was bad, I could still tell it was another Viko piece. The price was right so I drove about an hour to get it. I think It matches the chairs nicely.
Since we are on the subject...I also found this wonderful turquoise set of furniture on craigslist. I was surprised that it hadn't been bought already considering the price and the 3 week old posting date. I picked it up as soon as I could. It looks like it might be Viko Baumritter but I am having some doubts. There are no markings or tags on it and the legs aren't that copper color that Viko legs usually are. 


  1. Fantastic score...and right across the street, no less!!! Congratulations!

  2. Thanks! I meant to link your Viko blog post somewhere in this one but I totally forget!