The one we had at Morayfield SOLD for $1850. (The 2 in the Gold Coast are no longer available.) SOLD!
Our listing price is $1850 for one Tessa sled-based sofa (we have TWO matching 2-seater sofas with this suite). Offers over $7500 for the PAIR of swivel chairs and the TWO sled-based sofas will be given precedence over all other offers. Our last Tessa T21 suite with the RARE SLED-BASE immediately attracted a very strong offer ABOVE our reserve (which we accepted within a day). The purpose of our offer period for rare suites is not to try and milk it, and get the absolute best price we think we can get for the suite but instead it allows us to see if there are strong offers for parts of the suite (offers for parts of this 4-piece suite will be considered). We are aware there is HUGE demand for Tessa T21 swivel chairs in excellent condition since Tessa went out of business in 2019 (particularly in FULL-GRAIN leathers). You snooze and you lose!
We’re selling this suite under consignment from a regular seller in the GOLD COAST, Queensland. I have personally inspected this suite but delivery AUSTRALIA-WIDE is possible.
We also have one (possibly two) matching footstools at our Morayfield depot, in North Brisbane (in these colours). We are currently entertaining offers over $895 for one footstool. There is a lot of demand for the footstools at the moment- they’re VERY hard to get ever since Tessa went out of business (back in 2019). The footstool/s can be sent to the Gold Coast (if needed).
This particular suite is the one of best Tessa T21 suites iNVISeDGE has had (in 19 years of trading) if not the best. I love the matching PAIR of 2-seater sofas with the RARE sled-base- this also has proper VINTAGE FULL-GRAIN LEATHER. Beware- Tessa sometimes used Top-Grain leathers from the 1990’s up until when they closed in 2019. Top-Grain leather is NOT TOP-GRADE leather but instead the modern-day inferior leather where the underside has been cut off leaving a thinner TOP-LAYER of leather. The leather on this Tessa suite is the REAL DEAL- proper FULL-GRAIN leather that will last the long-haul (it will last for several generations if you look after it).
This suite is about 40 years old and look at it! It presents brilliantly because of the quality of the build AND LEATHER! Look at the underside for the irrefutable evidence that these suites were built to last (this suite already has)!
The re-sale value of this suite is a NO brainer! The full suite (TWO 2-seater sofas and PAIR of swivel chairs) sold new from Tessa for around $17,500 just before they closed in 2019. iNVISeDGE price is OFFERS OVER $7500 for ALL 4 pieces! The only way the value of this suite can go is up! Our suite presents in BRILLIANT condition too. This suite ticks EVERY box- especially COMFORT!
Background Info and Provenance
This is arguably one of the best leather sofas to come out of Australia EVER (in the top 10 in my opinion) The Tessa T21 (Executive) sofa with SLED-BASE is quite rare- the standard T21 sofas are out there, with the sled-base they’re much harder to find. These sofas have a super-stylish but intriguing look- the style is refined and pared-back but in some strange way, it’s still bold and confident. I also love how we currently have two matching 2-seater sofas available at the moment- this pair look amazing set up together. At this price I have no doubt these will retain their value at least whilst you get to enjoy having it and using it your home. Some sofas are too “precious” to actually use (particularly if you have kids!). This design in FULL-GRAIN leather is not only beautiful but a practical investment- these sofas have been built to last and the FULL-GRAIN VINTAGE leather on this suite (from the early-1980’s) is the toughest leather money can buy.
The value of T21 furniture has sky-rocketed during COVID-19 lockdowns. The reason so many people want T21 furniture is simple- it is some of the MOST COMFORTABLE lounge furniture you’ll ever find- it has the right level of plushness and GREAT seating support. Notice the angle of the seat here- it slants back to hold you in the best possible seating position. This angle back is MUCH more expensive to build (they did it this way because it’s the very best way to make a sofa). You’ll also notice the higher back on Tessa T21 designs. This gives your back and neck additional support making it much more comfortable than virtually all modern sofas that are nearly always LOW-LINE (with a LOW back). What I love so much about this particular design is that the high-back works from a visual perspective as well. Normally a high-back in a sofa ruins the proportions of the piece and it looks wrong- “clunky” / awkward. This piece is STUNNING- it just works- the sled-base helps create a minimalist look but the timber frame adds some boldness so the proportions still all look right (even though the back is unusually high.)
After a 50-year stint in the Australian Marketplace, making virtually ALL their furniture in AUSTRALIA, Tessa Furniture died late in 2019. It’s a sorry state of affairs when an Australian business can no longer do what they do so well because of cheap imports destined to end up as landfill. And this is the very reason why Tessa eventually died. Their designs are so well-made that the second-hand market for Tessa pieces ended up becoming more sought-after than new Tessa Furniture. And who can blame people going straight to the second-hand market for designs such as these? The QUALITY of this suite is so exceptional that second-hand suites often still look close to new after 10, 20, 30, even 40 years of use. In this listing you’re getting a sofa that has been used and loved (the leather does have signs of use) BUT this is about ONE THIRD of the price it retailed for in 2019! The investment appeal here should be obvious to anyone with half a brain!
Today in 2021, I believe this lounge suite- the Tessa T21 with sled-based sofa- is THE best investment in the furniture marketplace. EVERYONE seems to want T21 furniture at the moment- these suites are NO LONGER in production so more people will hang onto theirs for a lifetime of enjoyment so less and less will be coming onto the secondary market.
This suite is upholstered in VINTAGE, quality FULL-GRAIN leather (it’s likely to be Howe Leather- a premium Australian leather). FULL-GRAIN leather is infinitely better in quality compared to TOP-GRAIN leathers (or in the newer Tessa releases where the leather-type hasn’t be disclosed at all). FULL-GRAIN leather is the FULL LEATHER HIDE- it’s THICK and has been processed a LOT LESS. If you clean this furniture after heavy use and condition it 3 or 4 times each year full-grain leather usually lasts 50 years (but often much longer- I’ve sold many leather lounge suites in the past that were 60 years old and had nothing wrong with the leather at all).
This lounge suite is about 40 years old and has had quite a lot of (sensible) use- just look at it! No guessing the quality on offer here. After much of the world’s furniture ends up as landfill, this suite will be passed onto another user and eventually a whole new generation. Now that no Tessa Furniture is made anymore, I can’t see any reason why this design (made in AUSTRALIA) won’t slowly increase to the value they were selling for new (ie. $17,500 for the full suite in full-grain leather). There’s no better way I can think of to invest in your home, the future of our environment and our local community.