THIS PAIR OF ARMCHAIRS SOLD UNDER CONSIGNMENT FROM MY CLIENT’S HOME IN MELBOURNE metro area. Visit our NEWLY LISTED Category for our newest finds. This pair has now SOLD!
Background Info and Provenance
(Written for the suite we sold in 2018)
A VINTAGE pair of 5-strand cane / rattan Pretzel chairs. (Price is for TWO ARMCHAIRS. The 3-seater sectional sofa is available SEPARATELY). The cheap copies done later were usually in 2 or 3 strands- they’re fairly easy to come by and don’t have the same visual impact (or quality) as the 5-strand version. We were consigned this pair of chairs because we’ve sold several of these suites over the last few years.
I love the art deco curves, geometric styling and that these have a distinct designer edge but they’re still warm and earthy in looks. A lot of designer furniture these days can be clinical and sterile looking- these are the complete opposite.
To me this is the epitome of good design. Vintage Pretzel chairs have TIMELESS good looks, DURABILITY and practicality- Paul Frankl came out with chairs in this “Speed” style back in the 1940’s. Derivatives of this design have been done ever since. This pair is guaranteed to be VINTAGE from the 1960’s. The only other suites remotely similar to this suite I could find were on 1stdibs in America. Most were about AU $8500 (for a pair of chairs) and there were certainly pairs for much more than that too. (I’ve included one screen-shot from 1stdibs but do your own research.)
Looks aside, the intelligence of this design means they get a tick for every other box too. Bamboo / rattan can’t dent noticeably or anything like that- I’ve never seen Pretzel chairs broken- these frames should look like this forever. The finish may need to be revived after a while but that’s not that hard to do. To top it off, these suites have loose cushions sitting on the frame. Re-upholstery is the cheapest possible upholstery job- just take your fabric with the old covers to anyone with a sewing machine. It’s not a difficult job and certainly not costly (unless you choose full-grain leather). You’ll have a whole new look for minimal cost. They’re perfect in an Airbnb place or if you have young children.
I like the comfort of these suites as well. Relaxed and the angles of the frame are great allowing good relaxation of your back. Your body is well-supported in these.
This is the epitome of a solid investment in furniture. Vintage Pretzel cane suites have increased in value over 50+ years and the quality of the workmanship is irrefutable- look at these after all these years of use! There’s no better financial investment for your home and no better way to reduce landfill- this suite will continue to tell stories to new generations long after you and I have gone.
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Ref – 1811 and 1909