Provenance and Background Info
(Description written in 2011. This set of 6 dining chairs sold for $1500 in 2011. Today (in 2018) I’d price this exact same set at $1800- love them! I haven’t come across any others like this since. These days I’m more inclined to think these are Italian and not by Module of Melbourne but after 17 years in this business I still really don’t know. If you have any information about the design get in contact with me.)
A set of six PERSPEX dining chairs made in the 1970’s. I’m pretty certain these were done by highly-regarded Melbourne firm, Module. There are no tags but they’re certainly 1970’s and genuine Perspex. The only Perspex chairs I’ve seen were done by Module. These are incredibly rare chairs. In the 10 years I’ve been in this business I’ve never seen a set like this. The copper colour is stunning, distinctly 70’s and with the right timber table would look contemporary but with an edge. They would also look fantastic with a 60’s Parker dining table. The see-through quality of Perspex is eye-catching but not “over the top”.
I’ve always had a fascination with Perspex furniture and recently came across some clear Perspex chairs in a trendy café and researched them. They were being retailed for $600 each and weren’t even genuine Perspex. Most Perspex furniture you’ll find is vintage because Perspex is very expensive- these days it is rarely used. These are a brilliant design and Perspex is as durable as it gets. Much of the plastic furniture you’ll see around today is a different type of plastic. It can break quite easily and I’d be surprised to see these modern offerings last 30 years- this is why many people are turning back to vintage items. If chairs look like this after 40 years of use it’s almost a certainty you’ll get as many years of use out of them as you want, but to top it off they will always have re-sale value too. There’s no better way to invest in your home and in our environment…And I almost forgot- they’re really comfortable as well (which is hard to achieve in stunning dining chairs) but you can see the comfort just from the photos.