THIS SET SOLD THROUGH iNVISeDGE IN 2008 FOR $550 for all 4 stools. Today in 2019 I still have no idea who designed and manufactured these stools. They were certainly 1970’s (I’d say mid-1970’s) and I’m almost certain they were Italian. They’re extremely rare and definitely vintage- that’s all I know. They could be worth a lot more than what I sold them for in 2008. Today in 2019 if I got this exact set again I’d price them at about $1695 for all 4- that’s without knowing the maker or designer. I know these are special but without a designer I wouldn’t price them at what I think they’re worth (which is about $2400 for all 4). They’re just as good as any bar stool I’ve ever seen and I like that they retain the original velveteen upholstery from the 1970’s and in brilliant condition too!
Provenance and Background Information
Written in 20o8 – Time-sensitive information may have changed slightly since 2008
A cool set of 4 bar-stools from the 1970’s. The photos for these were annoying to do- it was very hard to capture this fantastic design. I think they look much better in person compared with the photos- and this is a comment I make rarely. I have not seen any in this type of design in the shops and I believe it’s because they would be very expensive to produce. I’d say these are probably Italian but I’m not sure. These stools are VERY HEAVY (much heavier than any I’ve ever come across) and in my opinion, this weight is essential in creating a structurally sound chair in a design like this. I’ve seen tables in a similar design but never chairs. These stools have a great style- they’re similar in style to many new bar-stools in the shops only much better! More refined and more sculptural. The flat-bar design is much more interesting than regular tubular chrome you see everywhere. There’s a reason you see the tubular chrome so much- it’s much cheaper to produce! I have recently started studying the design of new furniture and a lot of it is appalling as far as quality goes. You will not buy better- these are investment pieces- if they have already lasted about 30-35 years, I see no reason why they won’t last a lifetime .. or more! (Again, this was written in 2008- this design is older than this now.)