COMING SOON TO iNVISeDGE!
The description, heaps more photos and the price will be set in the next 2 or so weeks. PRICE ESTIMATE- $1390 – $1690 for just the chair only (footstool will be priced separately). I have about 13 items in the queue before this listing will be finished. Contact us now if you want 1st dibs on this light stand.
LOCATION- Geelong, South of MELBOURNE but can be transported Australia-wide for an additional price.
Robert Dunlop Squatters Chair and Footstool in the some of the best quality leather ever made (if not the best). This is VINTAGE HOWE leather made in the 1970’s! The quality of the construction is A1! The design is stunning and the leather is PURE LUXURY- beautiful to touch and very hard-wearing.
Call / SMS now us if you’d like 1stdibs of this chair and ottoman before the listing is done.
The description below will be updated shortly for this chair.
The previous owners bought this suite new in the 1970’s from Robert Dunlop himself. It was a difficult thing for him to finally have to part with after enjoying the suite in several homes for over 40 years (in earlier days their full family enjoyed the suite as well). This owner came to iNVISeDGE with this suite (due to time constraints I couldn’t represent it under consignment in this case- I had to buy it outright). They’d bought a new apartment (much smaller than their family home) and needed it out in a matter of a week. Their main concern was finding the right buyer to entrust the suite with- someone who would respect, cherish it and pass it onto the next generation just as their family has. The previous owner found the receipt just before selling this chair to us- we put the figure he purchased it for into Google. In today’s value this chair and footstool was purchased for AU $6,500! You’re INVESTING in something that’s TOP of the line, built to last generations and the current condition of the suite substantiates this … more than 40 years later.
Another interesting bit of information the previous owner gave me was how long it took for them to get their suite after ordering it. After several visits to Robert Dunlop’s workshop to check on the progress they asked Robert when it would be ready and he replied, “it will be ready when I’ve finished building it and it’s delivered.” I love it! I’ll have to remember to use that one. The moral of the story is- good things can’t be rushed- they take time to come to life.
Provenance and Background Info
(Written in 2017 when we sold our last Dunlop lounge suite)
One squatter’s chair (OTHER PIECES ARE PRICED SEPARATELY) created by Robert Dunlop in Brisbane in the late-1970’s. This suite is part of his highly-celebrated Studio Line and still retains several original foil labels. It was produced in Dunlop’s workshop in Stafford, Brisbane- designed in collaboration with Danish-designer Tom Larsen in the mid-1970’s.
The design and craftsmanship is exceptional making it obvious why Dunlop’s furniture was so celebrated at the time. In the 1970’s Dunlop’s reputation was quickly cemented and as a result, he was commissioned to design furniture for Parliament House and the High Court of Australia in Canberra. By the early 1980’s Dunlop’s work was sold in 19 countries around the world. It’s almost impossible to believe that furniture made in Brisbane could become so celebrated but when you look at the design and craftsmanship it becomes plainly obvious. Dunlop seamlessly melded Australian bush furniture with modernist design aesthetics coming out of Europe. His use of exotic timbers such as Radiata Pine along with anodised aluminium tubing was a sensation at the time and compared to today’s offerings still stands out from the pack. The intriguing mix of timber and metal in furniture is something I’ve always loved. This suite is modernist and sleek, with an earthy slant … it also has a “realness” that eludes a lot of designer furniture these days.
Dunlop and Larsen has hit the nail on the head with this design and it’s not just me who thinks so. The Design Institute of Australia inducted Dunlop into the DIA Design Hall of Fame in October 2015. I don’t understand why they waited until Dunlop died before bestowing this accolade- Dunlop’s work is exceptional and has been celebrated through several eras- it should have been awarded long ago.
These days Dunlop’s work is virtually impossible to find (much harder than Featherston’s) and more popular than ever. Various Melbourne dealers (including several in interviews) have stated that the value of Dunlop’s work will be well worth watching in future years. I agree and was eager to acquire this suite.
Investment appeal aside, this suite ticks every other box. The look is timeless and stunning. Additionally, the durability box is ticked. Radiata Pine, TOP-QUALITY upholstery, aluminium, saddle leather-hide with steel buckles ensure durability as does the superior construction qualities. The quality is plainly obvious- look at this suite after 40 years of use! Finally, the comfort box gets a big tick too. With its generous proportions, the suite has a relaxed comfort and the angles can be adjusted using the belt buckles and cord lashing if needed.
Robert died in 2014 leaving us with a legacy of stunning designs and exceptional craftsmanship. Let’s hope his entry into the DIA Design Hall of Fame encourages a new generation of designers and furniture makers in Australia. Recycling and valuing items where pride in both craftsmanship and design is the norm is our only way out of this mess. There’s no better way to invest in your home and reduce landfill.
(ACKNOWLEDGEMENT- Facts in this description have been found in a “Design Online” blog posted by Anita Lewis. Thank you Anita for your well-written and informative article.)
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