Pair of Original 1960s Vintage Staples Ladderax Chairs with Leather Seats

An extraordinary pair of chairs, made in the 1960s, designed by Robert Heal for Staples Ladderax to accompany their signature shelving systems, mirroring the ladder rungs with the chair backs. Made in black enameled steel and with natural tan leather seat pads, they make a statement. The leather seats wrap around the frame and are held in place with cord strapping underneath, a really unusual design feature. There are marks, bruises, chips and scuffs, both to the frames and to the leather seats but these only add to their considerable appeal in our view. They come with such heritage and to try and disguise this patina would deplete their character. Collectors’ pieces and a rare treat to have in our company for a short time.

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SKU: S468


In stock


This original, vintage pair of Ladderax chairs is ‘sold as seen’. Overall, they are in good, used condition. Their metal frames have been surface cleaned, and their leather seats cleaned and a nourishing leather balm applied. As you can see if you browse through our photos, these chairs do come with wear and tear. There are scuffs and chips to the black paintwork on the chair frames. The feet caps are original on both chairs and in place. The wooden arms of the carver chair have been restored with careful sanding back, oil and then polish. The original leather seat pads are held in place with cord strapping, woven and tightened through metal eyelets underneath. The strapping, the eyelets and the tautness of the cords are in very good order. The leather on top of both seats is marked, scuffed and bruised. Please refer to our photos. You will either love this (as we do!) seeing it as part of its character and history, or this won’t suit. The chairs are really well made as you would expect from Ladderax, made to last a lifetime. There are no repairs, they are solid and stable. Please do browse our photos for a good sense of condition. Sadly there is no maker’s sticker but these are well-documented so are attributed with confidence. If you have any questions or would like to view these chairs, do get in touch.

WITH ARMS: W: 56cm arm to arm / Seat W: 42cm / H: 83cm / D: 59cm / Seat H: 43cm
WITHOUT: W: 43cm / H: 83.5cm / D: 57cm / Seat H: 43cm

We offer free local delivery within a 15 mile radius of CB9 7XU – please get in touch prior to purchase to discuss. Alternatively, we can arrange fast, UK mainland delivery with specialist drivers who cover most of the country (please enquire for Scotland or remote addresses). Our delivery partners are reliable and insured, and we have worked with them for a number of years. We have a weekly collection and onward delivery usually follows 1-3 days later. Please be aware the delivery service we can offer does require some flexibility as the drivers work to predetermined routes with other delivery obligations, but they will keep you updated directly regarding their anticipated timings.
Please refer to our Delivery Information for more details.