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The listing price is for the 4 standard Norman Archibald chairs only. The FULL SUITE (4 standard dining chairs AND 2 armchairs) SOLD in 2020 for $1100. We won’t be stocking this design again for some years.
This listing SOLD under consignment by a regular iNVISeDGE seller located in GEELONG, near Melbourne. My vendors can deliver this suite to Melbourne buyers for a very reasonable fee. Interstate freight can also be arranged through one of our preferred furniture carriers or a carrier of your choice. I have personally inspected and experienced this suite.
Provenance and Background Info
Written in 2020
A set of Norman Archibald dining chairs MADE IN AUSTRALIA in 1973. (The price is for the standard 4 dining chairs but we also have a matching PAIR of carver chairs available- priced separately.) This is undoubtedly some of the best QUALITY furniture I’ve come across in the last 20 years of being this business (if not THE best). These chairs are solid and heavy- if used with any sense, the frames will last FOREVER. For most items being sold through iNVISeDGE I can confidently say the item will last generations but for these chairs I believe the frames will last forever. This is because Norman Archibald has used traditional, TENON and MORTICE joints to craft these exposed timber plug ends. This not only creates an interesting visual appearance but means the joint areas are as strong as chair-joints can possibly be. These joints extend ALL THE WAY through the supporting post which means it’s impossible for them to prise apart. Cracks in the joint area and other joint-damage is virtually impossible which means these frames will last forever (providing you use and transport these chairs with a little sense). The saddle-leather is also some of the most luxurious chair-upholstery I’ve seen. This upholstery is SUPER thick and just beautiful! You don’t see upholstery of this QUALITY in furniture anymore (except in some of the premium brands such as Cassina and B & B Italia). Six Cassina dining chairs will set you back about AU $20,000! Incredibly, we’ve priced our chairs at LESS than one tenth the price of a Cassina chair! Saddle-leather is also VERY-durable providing look after it! Leather is a low-maintenance product but NOT a no-maintenance product. You must regularly clean leather if you sweat in leather furniture and you MUST keep leather well-moisturised by using a quality leather conditioner (especially if your leather furniture will be exposed to a temperature-controlled environment (such as air-conditioning).
With the warm-grain orientation from this beautiful eucalyptus-timber and FULL-GRAIN saddle leather, this Norman Archibald suite is in a category all of its own. These chairs are COMFORTABLE, DURABLE plus they have incredible INVESTMENT appeal- (I doubt that even one of these chairs could be built in Australia today for what we’ve priced ALL 6 at). The craftsmanship, timber and leather are all a stunning combination so the LOOKS box also gets a resounding tick … This leaves us with the consideration of conscious consumption. These chairs are almost 50 YEARS OLD and look at them (!)- no guessing how long they will evade landfill for. Additionally, they were HAND-CRAFTED locally- so virtually no carbon emissions resulted from the manufacture and freight of these chairs. These chairs were crafted in Melbourne in the 1970’s and are still in Melbourne- they have not been shipped half-way around the globe from a developing country! Shipping furniture in from overseas is not very smart- we could and should be making all our furniture in Australia again.
This set would also undoubtedly be the best in this range I have come across condition-wise during my years in iNVISeDGE. The 100% full-grain leather and timber presents as if it were produced yesterday, not around 1973. It’s almost as if this suite has come out of a time capsule! Visually stunning, these chairs are true statement pieces and with their lowline backs they won’t dominate the space. I can picture these in a homely cottage up in the mountains- they look warm and inviting to use- not cold and clinical like most “designer” furniture these days.
Norman Archibald’s furniture is triumph in Australian furniture design and craftsmanship- as a result it’s deservedly included in important gallery and museum collections Australia-wide such as the NGV collection. Founded in 1861, the NGV is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia. The Gallery hosts a wide range of international and local artists, exhibitions and events; from contemporary art to major international historic exhibitions, fashion and design, architecture, sound and dance. http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/about/.
iNVISeDGE – a breath of fresh air in this modern world and also for our environment. There’s no better way to invest in your home and reduce landfill and your carbon footprint.
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