ALL 4 OF THESE CHAIRS WENT ON HOLD QUICKLY. Regularly click into our NEWLY LISTED Section or follow us on Instagram!

Our listing price is for ONE Tessa T8 chair but we have 4 chairs available- these are great pushed together to form a modular sofa. We are selling these chairs on behalf of a private seller in ADELAIDE but transport Australia-wide can be arranged for you. Contact us if you have interest in buying or selling a similar suite. Some of our emails are blocked and never seen- if we don’t respond to your email, call us if you have a BUYING enquiry or SMS us if you have a SELLING enquiry.


ALL 4 CHAIRS WENT ON HOLD QUICKLY. Regularly click into our NEWLY LISTED Section or follow us on Instagram!

Price is PER CHAIR- $675 EACH. This listing price is for ONE Tessa T8 FULL-GRAIN leather chair. We have FOUR matching chairs, a matching Tessa T8 coffee table, plus a T8 lounger all priced SEPARATELY. (We sold a SIMILAR T8 lounger out of BRISBANE very recently- to save confusion- THIS IS A DIFFERENT ONE!) These are amazing chairs because they can also be pushed together to form a modular sofa. I LOVE the look of T8s without armrests but the modular-type possibility is a very cool look too and so practical. This is another suite I’d have in my home in a second and … again … AUSTRALIAN-MADE (back in the early -1980’s this time).

This furniture is being SOLD UNDER CONSIGNMENT by a private seller in ADELAIDE but these pieces can be sent by furniture freight Australia-wide for a reasonable additional price. (Approx. $200 to get 2 armless chairs to MELBOURNE.)

ALL THIS FURNITURE WAS PURCHASED IN ADELAIDE IN 1982 in a department store (the name of which has now escaped me!). I think it’s a store that’s now defunct… (like most Australian small businesses)… I like the colours of this rare suite too- these colours promote a minimalist Scandinavian look. This design looks great in chocolate leather with walnut frames but I like this suite a little more (the cognac / tan-type colour leather is beaut and I personally prefer lighter-coloured timber too). The other interesting thing I got from the conversation I had with these sellers is that they had to wait about 6 MONTHS for Tessa to make this furniture back in the early-1980’s. (I have now heard this a LOT from people who bought their furniture 40 and 50 years ago … and some people complain to me when they’re items have taken 4 weeks to get them with TWO BORDER CLOSURES (because of COVID) … how times and some people have changed.)

Background Info and Provenance

(Written in 2021)

Fred Lowen designed the T8 range of lounge furniture for Tessa in 1976- based on the Norwegian designs of the 1960’s and 70’s, with gorgeous minimalist curves, and rich FULL-GRAIN leather. These chairs are over 40 years old and are just incredible! No guessing the quality on offer here (especially the leather). These pieces present brilliantly despite over 40 years of use!

These chairs were made for comfort- great angles, great support, great height in the back and a nice amount of plushness. This leaves durability and investment appeal. Research Tessa Furniture on-line for a few minutes and you’ll see that Tessa developed its formidable reputation because of top-quality construction. As to the investment appeal of these chairs, VINTAGE Tessa full-grain leather suites are becoming highly contested- prices are continuing to rise due to the recent demand for quality, long-lasting, COMFORTABLE and super-stylish furniture during COVID-lockdowns.

After a 50-year stint in the Australian Marketplace, making virtually ALL their furniture in AUSTRALIA, Tessa Furniture closed their doors in 2019. It’s a sorry state of affairs when an Australian business can no longer do what they do so well because of cheap imports destined to end up as landfill. And this is the very reason why Tessa eventually died. Their designs are so well-made that vintage second-hand Tessa pieces (like these 40-year-old chairs) ended up becoming more sought-after than new Tessa Furniture. And who can blame people going straight to the second-hand market for designs such as this? The QUALITY of this design is so exceptional that second-hand Tessa chairs (in quality upholstery / leather) often look close to new after 20, 30, 40- even 50 years of use.

This is FULL-GRAIN vintage leather ie. the real deal. After the mid-1990’s until they closed in 2019, Tessa sometimes used inferior TOP-GRAIN leather. Top-Grain leather is NOT TOP-GRADE leather- it’s 2ND-GRADE leather, the inferior THIN modern-day stuff that usually deteriorates within 20 years of use (much of today’s leather furniture is Top-Grain).

A professional leather clean and condition was all that was needed here- now this suite is looking fantastic and ready to be used and loved for another 40 years!

After much of the world’s furniture ends up as landfill, these chairs will be passed onto the next generation. This is why we do what we do- our goal is to provide options for buyers wanting to make a positive impact with every purchasing decision. ALL VINTAGE Tessa pieces are sustainable, they make a positive economic impact, there’s very little environmental impact when you invest in any quality vintage piece PLUS these chairs were MADE IN AUSTRALIA. (After around 2010 several Tessa designs were made in China).


These chairs and in fact the full suite (the lounger & other 2 chairs that are available separately) are in brilliant original condition for pieces that are over 40 years old! There are very minimal signs of use. Vintage T8 furniture is particularly strong and durable. We have had this entire suite cleaned and conditioned and it's looking fantastic. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The leather has NO holes, NO noticeable wear, NO noticeable marks, NO stains, NO noticeable scratches, NO cracks into the leather, NO smells. The leather is still soft and supple. There are some minor variations with the surface colour from use. Where bare-skin tends to touch the leather, the leather colour-tone is slightly different. SEE OUR PHOTOS (use the Magnifying Tool to get close and personal with these chairs). You'll see minor colour variation where your neck would touch the leather and also in the area where you put your arms (when you're only wearing a T-Shirt in Summer. This colour variation does not spoil the look of the suite and does not affect the leather AT ALL. If you're fussy and want perfect, uniform colour this can be achieved by engaging a leather technician. A professional leather technician would charge about $150 to get 2 chairs looking uniform in colour. (This is certainly not needed though- the chairs are brilliant as they are.) _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 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 slings show some fading but they are all intact with no rips or tears. As with nearly all of the T8 suites, the elastic which attaches the cushion to the frame has stretched slightly, but it is intact and does not affect usage at all. You could get these looking perfect with a needle and some thread. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Overall, these chairs present very well and will last the long-haul. The colour is accurately represented on my monitor in our array of photos. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Measurements of the last Tessa T8 chairs we had (these ones should be the same or very similar): 68cm across, 86cm depth, 86cm high.
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