SOLD TO TRACEY FOR $2700 for the FULL SUITE IN 6 DAYS OF BEING LISTED ON OUR WEBSITE. (2-seater sofa + Pair of Chairs- NO cushions). Today (in 2019) I’d price the exact same suite at $2800. Let us know if you have in interest in buying or selling a similar item.
THIS SUITE SOLD UNDER CONSIGNMENT FROM MY CLIENT’S HOME IN MURWILLUMBAH, NEAR THE GOLD COAST. WE OPERATED AS THE SELLER’S AGENT AND ORGANISED THE FULL SALE ON THE SELLER’S BEHALF.
NOTE- the suite shown in the first 4 photos is one I sold within days of being listed online in iNVISeDGE for $3500 (the FULL suite) in 2018. The suite shown in the final sold under consignment from my client’s home in Murwillumbah for $2700 in 2019.
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Background Info and Provenance
A VINTAGE PAIR of 6-strand cane / rattan pretzel chairs. (Price is for TWO ARMCHAIRS- no cushions- 2-seater sofa available separately). This is the first time I’ve ever seen the 6-strand version. The last suite I had was a 5-strand version and it sold within days of being listed last year. I had a list of people wanting it shortly after I put it ON-HOLD. This 6-strand version is even more impressive. The cheap copies done later were usually in 2 or 3 strands- they’re fairly easy to come by and don’t have the same visual impact (or QUALITY) as the 5 or 6 strand version. This is only the second suite like this I’ve had to sell (in 17 years of trading)- the listing price is for the PAIR of ARMCHAIRS only. The only reason I have this suite is because it’s being sold by under consignment as a result of selling the suite last year so quickly (it sold for $3500 sofa + pair of chairs within days).
I love the curves, geometric styling and that these have a distinct designer edge but are still warm and earthy in looks. A lot of designer furniture these days can be clinical and sterile looking- these are the complete opposite.
To me they’re the epitome of good design. They have TIMELESS good looks- Frankl came out with chairs in this “Speed” style back in the 1940’s. Derivatives of this design have been done ever since. This pair is from the 1960’s. The only other suites remotely similar to this suite I could find were on 1stdibs in America. Most were about AU $8500 (for a pair of chairs) and there were certainly pairs for much more than that too. (I’ve included a screen-shot from 1stdibs but do your own research.)
Looks aside, the intelligence of this design means they get a tick for every other box too. Bamboo / rattan can’t dent noticeably or anything like that- I’ve never seen Pretzel chairs broken- these frames should look like this forever. The finish may need to be revived after a while but that’s not that hard to do. To top it off, these suites have loose cushions sitting on the frame. The advantage with this particular suite is that you get to decide on the upholstery fabric and cushioning that will suit YOU and not have to pay for what’s already there. (The suite in the first 4 photos sold quickly for $3500 with cushions so at this price you’ll have money left-over to get the cushions and fabric YOU want.) Cushions on these suites can be flipped over if one side gets dirty or unzipped and machine-washed (on the gentle cycle) at any time (just put the covers back on whilst still damp to prevent shrinkage). Re-upholstery is the cheapest possible upholstery job- just take your fabric with the old covers to anyone with a sewing machine. It’s not a difficult job and certainly not costly. You’ll have a whole new look for minimal cost. They’re perfect in an Airbnb place or if you have young children.
With the right cushions I really like the comfort of these suites as well. The angles of the frame are great allowing full relaxation of your back. Your body is well-supported in these too.
This is the epitome of a solid investment in furniture. The design has increased in value over 50+ years and the quality of the workmanship is irrefutable- look at these chairs after about 50 years of use! There’s no better financial investment for your home and no better way to reduce landfill- this suite will continue to tell stories to new generations long after you and I have gone.
(NOTE- We also have a matching 2-seater sofa in this design that came out of the same house. That listing will appear in iNVISeDGE shortly. Our items always get listed in our NEWLY LISTED Category on the invisedge.com.au Home Page first!)
NOTE- the suite shown in the first 4 photos is one iNVISeDGE sold within days of being listed online in iNVISeDGE for $3500 (FULL suite) in 2018. The chairs shown in the final 3 photos are available now in Murwillumbah for $1495. The matching 2-seater sofa will be listed in iNVISeDGE shortly.