Kmart Has Pulled This Widely Popular Chair From Sale
The chair sent shoppers into a frenzy in January and was posted on a number of lifestyle blogs.
But according to a Kmart store manager, the chair has since been withdrawn from sale in New Zealand due to a "potential quality issue" and would no longer be available in-store or online.
The $49 Timber Occasional Chair is no longer available on the Australian Kmart website, with the web page message reading, "This product is no longer available, but rest assured, there are plenty more items to love."
A Kmart spokesperson confirmed with 10 daily that the chair had been withdrawn "due to a potential safety issue" but didn't elaborate on what the problem with the chair may be.
"At Kmart we are committed to the quality and safety of all of our products and can confirm the timber occasional chair has been withdrawn due to a potential quality issue," they said.
"We ask customers with any concerns, to please contact the Kmart customer service team on 1800 124 125."
The "timber occasional chair" because wildly popular when it initially launched in January of this year.
The chair was an instant hit on Instagram with bloggers sharing photos of their own chairs and how they chose to style them.
It was first spotted by Australian interior designer Zoe Gilpin, who shared a picture of the chair on January 9.
"Impressed with the chair. It's quite light but sturdy and looks fab!" she captioned the image which was liked more than 3000 times.
It was also purchased by Claire, the founder of popular Instagram account The Kmart Lover on January 23.
Claire said "the chair is as good as it looks" with a number of followers questioning it's sturdiness at the time.
A commenter responded stating she was "pleasantly surprised by how sturdy it is."
Interior decorator Mel Gray also used her Fly Buys points to get two of the timber chairs in February.
Yet Mel replaced them with a wider armchair with large cushions four months later.
The chair is made of acacia wood and had a faux rattan back and base, which came as a flat pack with the parts locked together by screws and Allen keys.
The Kmart spokesperson told 10 daily, "Additional stock of the much loved timber occasional chair will arrive in stores as part of our the August Living campaign in the coming weeks."
It is unclear whether the new occasional chair has been revised in any way.
Featured image: Instagram