These chairs SOLD through our NEWLY LISTED Category for $1440 for all SIX back in 2011. These days in 2018 I’d price the exact same set at around $1800. In 2019 I came across someone identifying this design as being by Nils Thorsson and TH Brown & Sons won the license to produce them in Australia. I haven’t had that substantiated but if that is the case I’d price the set of 6 at more than $1800.
Provenance and Background Info
The description below is as it was written back in 2011.
A set of SIX sculptural dining chairs of Danish influence from the early 1960’s. These came up with our last batch of items from Melbourne. I’m not sure who made these chairs- there have been a lot of shipments of vintage furniture arrive in Melbourne from the UK and Denmark over the last few years. They could also have been locally made in the 1960’s possibly in Melbourne or even Adelaide. TH Brown of Adelaide did amazing work in Australia at this time so they could be from this highly-acclaimed Australian maker. The timber used in these chairs throws me a bit. I have never seen it used in another Australian chair from the 1960’s or ever. It could be a type of teak but not what is normally seen in vintage Australian furniture. They may have come in from Europe.
These chairs have everything going for them. They’re comfortable, extremely well-made, durable, they look brilliant and have great investment appeal. I love how the maker has thoughtfully placed the cuts of timber. The back-rests have stunning figuring in the timber grain. The back-rests are also a solid timber pieces (a variety of chairs in this style have veneer backs). This is just one aspect that verifies the durability and quality of the construction. After 50 years every chair is solid and sturdy- no joint has any movement which sounds incredible but when they’ve been made properly this is the result. Each corner has been expertly crafted to lock together perfectly. It’s such a simple thing but takes a lot of work to do well and this is why it’s rarely done in furniture anymore.
This design has a sculptural elegance that doesn’t scream for attention but is certainly noticed.
Chairs in this style have increased in value over the years and whilst many modern chairs end up as landfill within years, this 50 year-old suite is still doing what it was designed to do and still with finesse and style all these years on. Good design and honest workmanship is timeless and this is the reason why many people are turning back to vintage furniture. There’s no better way to invest in your home and reduce landfill.