SOLD IN 2018 THROUGH iNVISeDGE for $1295 EACH
Provenance and Background Info
Written in early 2018 – time-sensitive information contained in this description may have changed slightly since then
ONE Swan Chair by Arne Jacobsen in ice-blue wool. (I have a second matching chair priced SEPARATELY.) This chair is an ORIGINAL with the Fritz Hansen label (manufactured in 2004) and also the FRITZ HANSEN embossed to the aluminium base. This is one of the most iconic chair designs ever and as such has been much copied but when you see the originals in person there is a sculptural elegance the copies never have. With the originals the construction quality is assured- the seat shell is reinforced so it’s very strong and sturdy, the star-base is aluminium so it won’t age or corrode and the connection between the seat shell and base is strong and carefully considered so these chairs stand up to decades of use even in commercial situations. These chairs have been in production since 1958 (when they were first designed for the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen). I’ve seen vintage Swan chairs from the early 1960’s still being bought and sold the world over (but they have usually been reupholstered by now). This chair has the same construction quality as the original Swan chairs always have had. We can’t keep dumping crap onto the land and in our oceans- these chairs are built to last the long-haul and, with normal use, will keep going strong for decades to come and will very likely be passed onto future generations.
The noticeable characteristic of the Swan chair is that it contains no straight lines only curves. It has all the refined elegance Danish furniture is famous for but blends this with a pop-art aesthetic that’s distinct but not overpowering. In 17 years of trading I’ve never had an original Swan chair and have only seen a few in the flesh. This is the first one I’ve been able to see close and personal and yes, I can see why they are much celebrated and why they fetch about AU $4500 PER CHAIR NEW in Australia with a 14+ week lead time. Vintage swan chairs can fetch up to AU $5000 each overseas (see the screen-shot included in the photos above). The comfort is exceptional- you seem to just melt into them.
This is a rare opportunity to own a vintage classic for a fraction of its real value. The beauty of investing in originals is that they hold their value over time (or increase in value along with inflation) and you can be assured of the quality and durability you’re getting. There’s no better way to invest in your home and reduce your carbon footprint. (NOTE- the listing price is for ONE chair only.)