We have a set of 4 of these chairs under consignment from a private seller in TAREE, NSW. The listed price is $1895 PER CHAIR if you buy a pair. If you have interest in all 4 chairs or a matching pair get in contact with us quickly as we’ve had various enquiries for only one of these chairs. We will consider breaking up this set after a period. I’ve never seen a set of 4 of these before after 20 years in this business.
We also have a matching falcon coffee-table base (authentic) that doesn’t have the glass top (still available- $485).
The chairs in chocolate-brown are shown for display purposes only and have sold. The chairs on offer are tan and shown in virtually all of these photos.
Provenance and Background Info
(Description first written in 2020 but updated in 2022)
A famous Falcon chair by Vatne Mobler, designed by Sigurd Resell in Norway in the 1970’s. This design was responsible for igniting my love of good design back in early 2004 (I’d been in this business for about 3 years at that stage). I first came across a pair of Falcon chairs in the “upstairs sale” at Gavan Hardy Auctions in Sydney. The room was packed with stuff and the Falcons were the only thing I really noticed. (Though I had no idea what they were back then.) The design thrilled me- an interesting choice of word, I know, but I can’t think of any other way to describe it. They were the most comfortable chairs I’d ever sat in (at the time) and the design was so eye-catching even to my unhoned eye back then … stunning but still elegant and refined with those sweeping curves. Some design can be brash and over-the-top, in my eyes Sigurd Resell struck the perfect balance with these.
Back in 2004, these chairs did not have the following in Australia they have today. Incredibly (with virtually no money and little experience in the trade) it was just me and a well-known dealer bidding for the last part of the auction. There was something in me that desperately wanted them. They ticked every box in my eyes. Beautiful comfort (I felt like I was sitting in a hammock) AND QUALITY REAL leather (beautifully supple and in incredible condition after about 30 years of use- back in 2004- this particular pair here are now 50 years old!). As well as solid frames too.
Back then I didn’t research design, I just went with my gut. After battling it out for these chairs (driving the price up by hundreds) I had to pull out of the auction at $800 a chair. I remember another well-known dealer coming up to me after the auction and telling me I was crazy- the chairs were not worth that much. Within 2-3 years, vintage Falcon chairs in Australian mid-century stores doubled in price and ever since then they have continued to steadily increase in value. (I see no reason why vintage Falcon chairs won’t continue to increase- at least in line with inflation … forever). They’re the epitome of ingenious design and they’ve sparked many similar designs over the years (those designs have also recently doubled in value since I’ve been selling them and I have long lists of people waiting for those designs as well).
I’ve sold perhaps 12 vintage Falcon chairs over the years but this is the first set of 4 I’ve ever seen. They’re very hard to get for a fair price anymore. These are VINTAGE originals. (Vatne Mobler recently started producing them again). These have minor patina (vintage character) to verify the age. This vintage leather is arguably the best quality leather you can buy. Look at the condition of this leather after 50 years of use!
Falcon chairs are now getting up to $3000 each (and more) in mid-century design shops in Melbourne (July 2022). The last time before this I researched Falcons properly was about 2018 and they were nudging $2400 each (for the high back version). Interior designers and architects are constantly on the trawl for them.
This 45+-year-old piece of design history symbolises that when something has been done well it will live on. Sigurd Resell died in 2010 with a legacy that will most likely live on forever. Falcon chairs are a solid investment- it’s very likely these chairs will continue to increase in value but unlike most investments they’re something you get to enjoy (and sit on) while they do! There’s no better way to invest in your home and reduce landfill.
In the same league as Artek, Anibou, Westnofa, B B Italia and exceeds Tessa, Parker, FLER and Danish Deluxe pieces.
2206.4, 2006 and 2009 (magazine ad)
This is an AUTHENTIC set of VINTAGE Falcon chairs from the mid-1970’s. ALL of these chairs present extremely well for chairs of this age. ALL chairs retain the original leather from the 1970's. This leather is far superior to virtually all (all?) modern leathers. This leather is the real deal- 100% FULL-GRAIN leather that's less processed compared to the leathers of today. The leather is beautiful- thick, beautifully supple and presents in brilliant vintage condition. The chairs have very minor signs of use (this leather is over 45 years old!) BUT it has NO noticeable scuffs, NO cracks, NO holes, NO damage at all! Beware of cheaper leathers such as TOP-GRAIN leather. Top-grain leather is NOT Top-Grade leather- don’t be fooled! Top Grain leathers have had the underside split off (sometimes 2 or 3 underside-layers have been cut away). The leather split off is then used to make those cheap, nasty “reconstituted” leathers. Those “reconstituted- shitty leathers” can still be called leather but … (I’ll write a blog about it one day … ) The point is Top-Grain leather is thin and susceptible to early “trashing” (cracks, rips- it also prises apart at the seams). The leather on these vintage Falcon chairs is the FULL LEATHER HIDE. Verification of the QUALITY of this leather is in its condition of it after about 50 years of use. Click on the Magnifying Tool. Then when the image is enlarged, click on it again to Super-Size it. Scroll over all areas to get close and personal with the item.) _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The timber-frames are ALL solid, sturdy with NO structural damage at all. NO cracks, NO splits, NO breaks. ALL chairs have been carefully checked and will last the long-haul if used with any sense. The canvas shows significant fading over the last 45+ years but the colour on all chairs is consistent- they look good as a set. I like them as they are. The second you see you know you're looking at the real deal- real VINTAGE Falcon chairs. The canvas slings show no careless damage- just signs of use you’d expect of chairs that are 45 years old. Vatne Mobler have put these back into production but these are VINTAGE ORIGINALS (they have more value than the newer productions).
I have been working with this vendor and these chairs for about 4 months now! The vendor has pulled them out of storage numerous times for me to answer questions. After the first lot of photos were done, we both decided to look into replacing the saddle leather attachments in each corner of the canvas sling. ALL FOUR SADDLE-LEATHER ATTACHMENTS on ALL OF THE CHAIRS have been replaced by a professional at significant cost. This greatly increases the value of this vintage pair. These attachments are usually the first point of concern and problem with this design- NOT ANYMORE! All of these attachments are now new and will last another 50-odd years (or more). Regularly CONDITION these attachment pieces to greatly prolong the life of them. They will usually last longer than 50 years- it depends on WHERE the chairs have been used (has this leather been allowed to dry out?) and whether someone has thought to condition these pieces saddle leather. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The canvas slings are original and the professional upholsterer has reinforced each corner of the seat section with leather to strengthen the canvas. This is another area that can be of concern with these vintage chairs. The seat section of the canvas sling has a piece of thick steel wire inside it to create the seating support needed for better comfort with this hammock design. The edges can be susceptible to wear (because there's something hard inside). One edge had sustained a small hole where a vacuum cleaner had obviously hit up against the corner. The upholsterer has reinforced this edge at each corner to strengthen this area (there is no damage to the canvas sling anymore). It will now present no problems- they are actually much better than when they were first made. The leather at each corner will protect these areas from damage and wear over time. Because this was done AFTER the first photo shoot, some of the photos in this listing will not show this improvement. The first photo shows the chairs after this had been done. It is barely noticeable until you turn the chairs upside-down. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The timber-stain was done to mimic Pallisander Rosewood. In the 1970’s Pallisander Rosewood became endangered. Responsible manufacturers stopped using it. The market still loved Rosewood so staining techniques were developed to mimic Rosewood. The original finish of both chairs is in excellent condition but does have a few signs of wear- scuffs etc. Gilly Stephensen's Scratch Cover Dark does a marvellous job of rectifying these minor signs of use with chairs like this. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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