SOLD TO KIM FOR $3800 FOR THE ENTIRE SUITE (WITHIN 8 DAYS OF BEING LISTED ON THIS WEBSITE IN 2019). $3800 for the PAIR of armchairs AND matching 3-SEATER sectional sofa).
Price in this listing was for the VINTAGE PAIR of ARMCHAIRS IN Khaki LEATHER ONLY! (The 3 sectional 3-seater sofa was priced SEPARATELY! The full suite sold for $3800 in 8 days of being listed in 2019.)
NOTE- the first 4 photos are display photos of a suite we SOLD within days of being listed on this website in 2018. The full suite that sold for $3800 was in 100% Australian Leather (in Khaki colour)- it was re-upholstered several years before and had little use since then. (It came out of a deceased estate.) The inner-cushioning was replaced at the same time and chosen by a professional upholsterer. The cushioning was also wrapped in dacron to enhance the shape and finish. I personally liked the khaki LEATHER. Khaki is neutral and if you have greenery outside your windows it will bring that into your space.
THIS SUITE SOLD IN 2019 UNDER CONSIGNMENT FROM MY CLIENT’S HOME IN SYDNEY.
Background Info and Provenance
A VINTAGE pair of 5-strand cane / rattan Pretzel chairs. (Price is for TWO ARMCHAIRS. The 3-seater sectional sofa available SEPARATELY). 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-strand version. This is only the third suite like this I’ve had to sell (in 18 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 we had earlier this year so quickly.
I love the art deco curves, geometric styling and that these have a distinct designer edge but they’re 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 this is the epitome of good design. Vintage Pretzel chairs have TIMELESS good looks, DURABILITY and practicality- Paul 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 guaranteed to be VINTAGE 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. 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 (unless you choose 100% leather!). You’ll have a whole new look for minimal cost. They’re perfect in an Airbnb place or if you have young children.
I really like the comfort of these suites as well. Relaxed and the angles of the frame are great allowing full relaxation of your back. Your body is well-supported in these.
This is the epitome of a solid investment in furniture. The vintage Pretzel cane suites have increased in value over 50+ years and the quality of the workmanship is irrefutable- look at these 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 3-seater sectional 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!)
Ref – 1811 and 1908