Palermo Butterfly Chair
Dreamed up in 1938 by Argentine architects, the butterfly chair is an icon of modern design. Meticulously handcrafted from 100% vegetable-tanned saddle leather or ethically-sourced cowhide, this heirloom-quality piece ages beautifully – much like a fine wine.
We partnered with a small leather workshop in Buenos Aires to bring this timeless design back to life. To create these chairs, they use only the highest quality materials. Each one takes three days to complete, all made under fair trade standards.
NOTE: Due to the size of this item, returns for a refund require a $65 total fee. Returns for store credit are always free.
33"H x 30"W x 30"D
Argentinian leather cover with iron frame
Ethically-sourced cowhide cover with iron frame
Rich cognac leather with black base
Light grey cowhide with black base
Download assembly instructions here.
Palermo Leather Workshop
"Each chair is a work of art. We hand-select the perfect piece of leather and handcraft every single detail."Learn More
34° 35' 20"S
58° 25' 50"W
Made with higher standards. We preserve artisan craft by paying wages that average 2x the fair trade requirement.
Always free shipping within the continental U.S.
Exchanges and returns for store credit are free.
Prefer a refund? A single re-stocking fee will apply:
$0 (no fee) for just bedding and/or towels
$25 for most other returned orders
$65 if your return includes oversized items (area rugs, furniture, mirrors)
Easy returns within 30 days of delivery.
To view our full shipping & returns policy, click here.
I can't believe I just paid $700 for a chair that has the worst assembly instructions I've ever seen! No parts are labelled and the diagram on the product page is not helpful at all. I'm just guessing what goes where, but after an hour, I GIVE UP. I am beyond frustrated!!
Hi Kathleen, We're so sorry to hear about your frustrating experience! We know your time is valuable, and we can't apologize enough for taking up so much of it with assembly attempts. Since we know this chair is a tricky one to put together, each item is labeled and packaged with step-by-step assembly instructions. It sounds like that was not the case, so we have followed up with our teams to triple check this is included going forward. As a gift for your troubles, we will be sending a little gift to your inbox – it's the least we can do. Again, thank you for taking the time to send us feedback! Sincerely, The Citizenry Team
It has been very frustrating.
Hi Sally, Thank you for your feedback here! We're so sorry to see that you are having issues with assembling this beauty. There are assembly instructions on the product page if you're in need of those. We'll be sure someone from the team has reached out to check in and see if there's any way we can help. Best, -The Citizenry Team
Chair is fabulous, little hard to understand how to put it together but once you get it it great! Cozy!
First, I am a huge fan of the Citezreny's mission and products, but this particular purchase was a let down. The product arrived in a very damaged shipping box. Inside the box there was minimal padding - in fact, the thin blue bag the chair arrived in was tattered and looked re-used, not the formal packaging you would expect/I have seen in the past. There was some damage to the black paint on legs, no directions on how to assemble the chair (which was not straightforward), and the metal took some bending and many tries to actually fit together. Once assembled, it is functional, but not perfect. The leather portion is lovely.
Hi Megan, Thanks so much for sharing your feedback on the Palermo Chair - we truly appreciate it. We work closely with our artisan partners in Argentina to ensure that these chairs showcase the world's best leather and finest craftsmanship, and we're so sorry to hear that the construction and packaging fell short of the mark. We want to be sure you're happy with your purchase, so our client experience team has reached out to discuss next steps. Thanks so much for your support of The Citizenry and our mission - it's because of customers like you that we're able to produce a sustainable income for artisan partners around the world. Best, - The Citizenry Team
Beautiful chair - just as photographed! Great quality! Just make sure you find the online video to put it together - very complicated.
The product is great and is exactly what I was looking for in color and quality. The chair arrived without assembly instructions but I figured it out. The ends of the shipping box were open so better packaging for shipment is needed.