BOTH CHAIRS AND THE FOOTSTOOL SOLD (April 2022). WE WON’T BE DISCLOSING THE FINAL SALE PRICE. The 2-seater sofa and BOTH coffee tables are still available. Follow us on Instagram – www.instagram.com/invisedge
Listing price is OFFERS OVER price of $1795 for ONE SWIVEL chair only. The matching second chair, footstool, 2-seater sofa and two coffee tables are priced SEPARATELY.
This suite is being SOLD UNDER CONSIGNMENT by a regular iNVISeDGE seller in ADELAIDE, South Australia.
Provenance and Background Info
(Written in 2021 by the iNVISeDGE regular seller in Adelaide, in conjunction with Michael Grealy)
Our listing price is OFFERS OVER $1795 for ONE CHAIR.
This suite is from the late 1970’s and believe me- it is a rare thing! Not only is it near impossible to find the Rufenacht swivel lounge chairs- having an entire suite in such great condition is unbelievable! To date, we have never had a matching suite that includes all pieces. As such, we are anticipating high interest in this listing. Offers under our reserve will not be considered. If you bid above our reserve price/s and don’t receive a courtesy email stating your offer has been received, it’s best to call Michael. The OFFERS OVER situation allows us to assess offers for parts of this suite- we would like to see all (or virtually all) these pieces go to the same home but offers for just the pair swivel chairs will be entertained (or possibly even just one chair and the footstool, if the offer is strong enough).
Michael has spoken to some people a number of times who have had very strong interest in Rufenacht Swivel Lounge Chairs since the last ones we had (that sold over 2 years ago). All our iNVISeDGE regular sellers (myself included- here in Adelaide where this furniture was made) have been keen to find the swivel lounge chairs- these are the first ones iNVISeDGE has got in over 2 years! People keep asking for them- some people will not settle on a Tessa T21 swivel or Norwegian Falcon chair (for example)- this is the chair they want and I completely understand why. These chairs have it ALL. Above everything the comfort is sublime! Plus, this pair is better than the previous pair iNVISeDGE had because the backs are fully upholstered in LEATHER- usually the backs are canvas which is the cheaper option- canvas fades, will mark and stain easier and even can split / rip.
Some 18 years ago, Michael from iNVISeDGE ‘discovered’ Joe Rufenacht’s stunning furniture, and instantly fell in love with the minimalist curves and exceptional quality. Today, it is safe to say that iNVISeDGE is the leading source for Rufenacht furniture worldwide. Rufenacht went out of business almost 20 years now- you have to buy it 2nd-hand; there is no other option these days.
Rufenacht started in the mid-1970’s and by 1980 he’d pocketed more design awards than any other furniture maker in Australia. This swivel chair design won the prestigious Australian Design Award back in 1978. Joe Rufenacht told ABC in 2006 that it took him 40 different prototypes to get his dining chair right- the design here probably took the same or more. His designs tick EVERY box- a resounding tick for comfort, design, quality and investment-appeal. JR furniture (Rufenacht’s company) closed its doors in 2006 unable to compete with cheap overseas imports any longer. The 30-year history of this Australian business has etched a permanent place in Australian furniture design and production history.
This suite is an obvious furniture investment. The design looks very similar to the coveted Norwegian Falcon chair by Sigurd Ressel. Falcon chairs in Australia have risen in value from about $1100 back in 2002 to around $3000 EACH in 2021- not a bad earner for something you also get to sit in and enjoy in the meantime! In recent years (since COVID-19 lockdowns) Rufenacht pieces have become almost impossible to get- no-one seems prepared to give their Rufenacht items up so prices keep rising (not surprisingly … this adds to the investment appeal).
Providing you use this chair with some sense, Rufenacht’s furniture will last a lifetime (but most likely more). The quality of this chair EXCEEDS the Falcon chair (easily) because of the steel sub-structure. Each timber piece is supported by steel for extra durability- with the base section, the timber is clad onto steel. On top of this, the FULL-GRAIN leather on this suite is over 40 years old and the best quality you can buy. This suite is set to be passed onto yet another generation (after this one)- a symbol that when something is done well, it will live on.
(THIS LISTING PRICE IS FOR ONE SINGLE SWIVEL CHAIR ONLY. THE MATCHING CHAIR, FOOTSTOOLS & 2 SEATER SOFA ARE PRICED SEPARATELY.)