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This listing price is for the VINTAGE (early-1980’s) Tessa T8 lounger in light-cognac leather. LOCATION- Seacliff, ADELAIDE. But this piece can be transported Australia-wide for a reasonable additional price. (Approx. $250 to Sydney). Contact us if you have interest in buying or SELLING a similar lounger.



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FOR SALE under consignment from a private seller in Seacliff, ADELAIDE.

Early-1980’s piece in great condition. This design looks great in these lighter Scandinavian tones.

Background Info and Provenance

(Written in 2021)

Fred Lowen designed the T8 range of lounge furniture for Tessa in 1976; it remained in production until the mid-1980s. The cushioning changed and then it was re-released but not for long (I think they also changed the name when the cushions changed?) The T8 range was based on the Norwegian designs of the 1960’s and 70’s, with gorgeous minimalist curves, and vintage FULL-GRAIN leather.

This piece was made in AUSTRALIA. It has exceptional comfort with great back support and plushness- the minimalist look is also stunning plus there’s excellent durability to top off this very astute investment. Just imagine lying on this reading a book, working on your laptop at home or having that sneaky afternoon power-nap (whilst you’re still “at work”!) Whether in a library, a sunroom or a lounge room, the relaxing comfort and minimalist design makes this a piece of furniture that will be used and loved for years to come.

This lounger is upholstered in FULL-GRAIN VINTAGE leather that has just been cleaned and conditioned (nothing else). The leather is thick, soft and supple and in incredible condition for leather of this age. The vendors purchased this back in the early-1980’s and look at it after all these years of use! FULL-GRAIN VINTAGE leather from this era is the best leather you can buy (and the only leather you want). Verification of the quality on offer here is shown in the condition of this piece after almost 40 years! Tessa later went onto use TOP-GRAIN leather in some of their furniture- TOP-GRAIN leather is inferior and often cracks through and rips at the seams within 1-2 decades of use. Don’t be deceived! For more information about leather types find our listing about HOWE leather in our NEWLY LISTED Section.

After a 50-year stint in the Australian Marketplace, making virtually all their furniture in AUSTRALIA, Tessa Furniture closed their doors in 2019. Unfortunately, many Australian businesses are no longer able to compete with cheap inferior imports. Tessa designs are so well-made that vintage second-hand pieces ended up becoming more sought-after than new Tessa Furniture. The investment appeal here is a no-brainer. These T8 loungers are RARE (!) and these days, this design is more popular than it ever was. Since COVID-19 lockdowns, the T8 lounger in particular has become highly sought-after. In 20 years of trading, I’ve had only THREE of these- the two most recent ones both sold in the FIRST DAY they were listed. (And I had countless people after they sold express much sadness in missing out- one lady seemed to start crying when I told her it was already sold. You snooze, you lose!) The T8 lounger had a very limited production run- they don’t come up often.

This lounger will last you the long haul- it has already survived ABOUT 40 years and is still in brilliant condition- just look at the photos! And this is what we love about selling designs such as this- this piece has only needed a minor clean-up only. Now it’s ready to be enjoyed by the next generation. This furniture follows our belief of conscious consuming and is perfect for those committed to making purchasing decisions that have a sustainable economic, and environmental impact. How is this purchasing decision a “stable economic decision”? By investing in something like this you’re saying you believe our furniture should be made LOCALLY again (BY PEOPLE!) Vote every time you open your wallet or purse. Vote ONE for- QUALITY VINTAGE FURNITURE!


This lounger is in brilliant original condition for something that is ABOUT 40 years old! There are very minimal signs of use. Vintage T8 furniture is particularly strong and durable. The frame is overall in brilliant vintage condition. We have had the ORIGINAL FULL-GRAIN LEATHER cleaned and conditioned and it's looking fantastic. There are some minor discrepancies in the surface paint-colour where people's skin has come to rest over the years (mainly people's arms). This is VERY minor on this lounger- the leather presents extremely well overall (as our array of photos show). ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The leather itself has NO noticeable wear, NO noticeable dark marks, NO cracks into the leather, NO smells, NO noticeable scratches. The leather is soft and supple. The cushioning is all in excellent condition- Tessa used top-quality cushioning that lasts several generations. The cushioning is all plush and comfortable. These cushions are supportive as well. The canvas back shows some fading and very feint marks on the underside but is intact with no rips or tears. As with nearly all of the T8 suites, the elastic that attaches the cushion to the frame has stretched, but it is intact and does not affect usage at all. (I do not use these buttons on Tessa furniture anyway- the cushions stay on without them.) This just shows us all how pedantic Tessa Furniture was and why Tessa became the great Australian institution it was. This stretching could be rectified with needle and thread if this is your taste. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Overall, this lounger presents very well and will last the long-haul. The colour is accurately represented on my monitor in our array of photos. The colour changes depending on how intense the lighting is. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Measurements of the last one of these we had. (This one should be the same or very similar.) Across 62cm. Length: 146cm. Height: 80cm.
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