Unusual Midcentury 1950s Iron Tube Frame Chair in Vivid Orange Wool
What a beautiful enigma this striking chair is. When acquired, it was attributed to Martin Eisler as a design from the renowned Brazilian range, a collaboration with Carlo Hauner for Forma but we weren’t convinced and can’t find a similar model, or anything close, documented to confirm this. (It should be noted that’s not why we bought it – we acquired it because we love it and we knew it was an unusual find!) Regardless, it’s always nice to do some research to at least find out where a vintage piece hails from to continue its narrative but again, we’ve drawn blanks with this particular chair. It dates from the 1950s – the quirky design and construction leads us to believe this. There’s a good chance it’s French in origin, possibly Italian, as tubular metal-framed designs were big across Europe in the midcentury. Whatever this chair’s backstory is, it’s a stunning seat with an arresting silhouette from all sides. It’s been restored in recent years with new upholstery, giving it another lease of life. The vivid orange wool showcases the strong black lines of the frame perfectly. It’s a statement piece that will bring energy and colour into any room.
This is an original, vintage piece that is ‘sold as seen’. It is in very good – excellent, used condition. We have given the chair a surface clean but have otherwise left the upholstery and painted frame alone as it’s in such great order. As you can see from our photos, the upholstered seat, back and arms are in outstanding condition. The chair has been recently restored by a skilled upholsterer (not by us so we cannot confirm exactly when and what was done) in a beautiful, vibrant orange tweed wool, and with a studded finish at the back. We believe the chair was rewebbed during this restoration process with new foam and materials inside too. The iron frame has been painted black and as you can see from our close up pictures, it does carry knocks ands scuffs that have been painted over. The four rubber feet caps are in place. The chair is structurally sound and solid with no signs of repair. Sadly (and rather frustratingly!) there is no maker’s mark but it’s style and construction leads us to conclude this is a 1950s piece.
H: 85cm / W: 58cm / D: 55cm
Seat H: 54cm / Seat D: 46cm / Seat W (front): 47cm