LOCATION– Our Brisbane Northside depot at Morayfield, but this chair can be transported Australia-wide for a reasonable additional fee. Approx $160 to Sydney.
Provenance and Background Info
(Written in 2022)
A stunning feature chair with a sleek, minimalist cantilever design. This one is graceful and flowing and attracts attention because of its understated elegance. I’m not sure of the background of this one- I’m almost certain it’s not an Australian design. I’m pretty sure it’s Danish, Swedish or possibly Norwegian. It’s definitely VINTAGE from the 1970’s. The leather is that quality FULL-GRAIN leather they used in the Scandinavian countries back in the 1970’s- it’s thick, soft and supple (and after all these years, it’s still in amazing condition). The frame is Beech or Oak- it’s a lighter-coloured timber that has been stained with stencil to mimic Walnut or Rosewood. This was common back in the 1970’s- these timbers were running out (Rosewood had become endangered by then) and manufacturers at the time stained available timbers to mimic these highly sought-after (and rare) timbers. The way the timber has been done and the quality of the leather helps pinpoint the age of this chair- apart from the age, I have no further information about it.
Most dealers in mid-century furniture classify this design as Danish (there were a couple in this exact design on 1stdibs a couple of months back but those listings are no longer there). The Norwegian designs of this era (such as Falcon chairs and Westnofa Siesta chairs) are widely known- this one is less known simply because there’s not many of them around.
This is FULL-GRAIN LEATHER which is top of the range as far as QUALITY is concerned- the cost of proper full-grain leather means that it is rarely used in furniture anymore. The investment appeal on offer here is obvious. Falcon chairs used to fetch about $1000-$1100 each back in 2001 when I first started iNVISeDGE. These days they’re getting around $2400 each- I’ve even seen them priced up to $2700 each in some design shops in Sydney and Melbourne. Westnofa Siesta chairs are now getting about $1500 each in Australia- I think this design is at least in line with the Siesta (but MUCH rarer). This piece of the same era (c. 1970’s) is under-priced here and bound to increase in value over the years. The design is timeless and the construction is A1!
To top it off, the comfort is great- the suspended comfort here creates a true relaxation piece in every sense of the word. Your back is fully relaxed in this chair.
You don’t need to spend $7000 or more in the design shops and wonder what quality you’ll be getting. This vintage chair has held up incredibly well with use- the photos are irrefutable proof of the quality you’ll be getting. This vintage Scandinavian piece will continue to tell stories from this generation to the next. There’s no better way I can think of to invest in your home and reduce landfill.
In the same league as Artek, Anibou, Westnofa and exceeds Tessa, Parker, FLER and Danish Deluxe.