SOLD IN 2013 THROUGH iNVISeDGE for $1295 for ALL 6. These days in 2019 if I was to get the exact same chairs again I’d price them at around $1800 (obviously condition plays a part in value). UPDATE 2020- this exact same suite would now fetch $1940 in iNVISeDGE (if I found the exact same set again). NONE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE- click into our NEWLY LISTED section for our current listings.
Provenance and Background Info
Written in 2013 – time-sensitive information contained in this description may have changed slightly since then
A set of SIX (6) Fritz Hansen Series 7 chairs designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1955, made in Denmark and bearing the Danish Furniture Quality Control label. (When you really think about the fact they were designed in 1955 makes this design an extraordinary feat.) These are some of the best designed chairs I’ve come across- they’re an incredibly sophisticated piece of design and I understand why they’ve attracted such accolades. The shape is amazing- they remind me of a Thins potato chip. I love the mix of overt and subtle curves. The subtle curves fit the contours of the body for a remarkably comfortable chair. The other thing about this design is its durability- these are dated 1992- look at the condition after 22 years of use! (Written- 2013). This is why this design retails in Australia for $620 a chair. They are built to last and this set proves that. The swarm of reproductions (that were popular in the 1990’s) have basically disappeared- my guess is that most have ended up as landfill. I saw the backs broken off the copies only years after they were released. Auction centres contained sets where several chairs in the set had structural cracks. THESE ORIGINAL FRITZ HANSEN CHAIRS HAVE NO SIGNIFICANT CONDITION ISSUES AT ALL.
Because of the superiority of the construction and design, these chairs always fetch solid prices on the secondary market. I saw a dealer pay $300 a chair for this design in a Sydney auction house in 2007 (to on-sell). From what I can see there are no other vintage sets of these chairs for sale in Australia at the moment (when they’re $620 new, there’s not many around). The Fritz Hansen website (based in Europe) advertises them for 391 euro ($601 AUD). The 1st Dibs website in America has a set of 8 of second-hand ones for $US 3200 in white (approx $AU 550 each). Cleveland Art (also in the USA) has a set of four in Beech for $US 500 each.
Good design and honest workmanship is timeless. If you look after these chairs they should retain their value while you get to enjoy them. If you need to sell them in the future approach me- I’d be happy to see them again. There are very few better ways to invest in your home and reduce landfill.