$825.00

PRICED AT-  AU$825 EACH.

LOCATION- being sold by a regular iNVISeDGE seller in GEELONG, South of Melbourne. This listing has also been uploaded for people to express interest in buying or selling a similar suite. For BUYING enquiries, please call us on the number provided on our Home Page- for SELLING enquiries please SMS this number.

 

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Description

Listing price is- $825 PER CHAIR (for the yellow ones). We have TWO matching chairs currently available (in yellow vinyl). If you want both, come forward quickly because we are prepared to break up the pair if 2 people only want one.

This listing is being sold UNDER CONSIGNMENT by a regular iNVISeDGE seller in GEELONG, near Melbourne. My vendor can deliver these chairs to Melbourne buyers for a reasonable fee. Delivery Australia-wide can be organised for a very reasonable price. (Approx. $200 for a Sydney delivery.)

Background Info and Provenance

(Written in 2021)

An amazing 1950’s PAIR of  FLER “IDLER” sculptural easy chairs (PRICE IS PER CHAIR). These would give a stunning architectural slant to any space. And the comfort is brilliant! Featherston’s Numero IV design takes very strong cues from this design but this design is infinitely better (and came out way before the Numero IV!). The comfort of the FLER Idler is incredible- the angles of the seat and back coupled with the curves create a design that holds you in a perfect seating position. I have a bad back and these are perfect for me- my back needs to be held at the right angle to take all pressure off those muscles. These chairs do that- I can’t do the soft squishy chairs that feel comfortable the second you sit down but then become less comfortable the longer you’re in them. With the stunning architectural styling of this pair you’d be forgiven for thinking something that looks so incredible would be uncomfortable- these are NOT! The Numero IV has little support- they’re basically like sitting in a shaped beanbag- these are proper chairs that have been carefully designed with full ergonomic comfort in mind.

I’ve tried researching the designer of these- I’ve given up. Over the past 5 or so years I’ve been actively trying to get more information about them. I know this design was done by FLER (and is called the FLER “Idler”) but to my knowledge they were NOT designed by Fred Lowen. I believe that this was one of the first designs done by Fler AFTER Lowen sold the FLER business. I’m not sure who was involved in the design though. Maybe someone in internet-land may know. I’ve seen this design for sale about 5 times over the last 20 years- one set was being sold by a dealer with considerable experience and he said they were designed by Grant Featherston. This is definitely NOT right- these are way better than Featherston’s Numero designs and to my knowledge Featherston has never had any allegiance to FLER. I believe that Featherston actually got his inspiration from this design (he did NOT improve this design either!).

These chairs have very obvious investment appeal- they’re SUPER RARE! I can only find 2 other photos of this design online (except for my own photos).

You want something unique, COMFORTABLE with very strong investment appeal these could be the special pair you’ve been searching high and low for. They look great as they are but reupholstered in fabric they’d be as stylish (or fun) as you want. (See the display photo of the single chair included in this listing.) I’d have this pair (re-upholstered) in my own home in a heartbeat. They’re minimalist, restrained and sophisticated- they’re not visually dominating but they’re very comfortable for something that has a very small visual and physical “footprint”. Okay I’d better stop because Michael you’re not getting them (as much as it pains me to write that!)

Oh … there’s actually one more thing to say… the DURABILITY of this design is also exceptional … these have a good deal of age to them (they’re mid-to-late 1960’s). Aristoc re-branded with a name-change in 1968 so they’re definitely 55 years old or more. This design was not put into “proper production”. I think FLER went bust not long over Lowen sold the business to whoever took it over. After most modern “designer” chairs have ended up as landfill this fascinating pair (with a load of stories to tell) will be passed onto a new generation hopefully telling more stories than I could ever put in this listing. Watch the value of these go up in the future- I can’t see any possibility of downward movement here … ever. A company couldn’t even make them for this asking price but these are vintage originals done in the day when they did NOT cut corners! There’s no better way I can think to invest in your home, reduce your carbon footprint and support Aussie small businesses.

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This PAIR is vintage and overall in excellent condition for their age. The timber frames are brilliant. They’re solid and strong with NO breakage, NO cracks around any joint, NO movement anywhere, NO repairs- they’re extremely sturdy and have been very well built (from timber and ply- NOT moulded foam. Cosmetically they present very well- they’re about 60 years old so have minor signs of age and use but nothing that spoils them. The yellow vinyl is original and in very good condition for something that's over 60 years old. There are a few marks and 2 small holes on one of the chairs, which can be seen in the photos. If you like the yellow, a leather technician could get them back to brilliant condition- we estimate it'd cost about $200 to get them presenting brilliantly again. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Measurements. Across 69cm. Depth 74cm. Height 64cm. The front seat edge is 35cm up from the floor and dips down to about 30cm in the seat section.
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