Sunday, March 26, 2017

More of a bargain than I ever imagined

I'm still madly in love with the Don Draper chairs I picked up from Gumtree. They're so unique, but so classic AND comfy! Two are in the lounge room and the remaining eight are over at Jansen's office, being used as meeting chairs until such time as the new house is built.

The curiosity of the history and designer of these chairs has been killing me though. I did a bit of google searching, but it's hard to trawl through thousands of results when you're searching for 'walnut and black leather chair'.

Seriously, look at this! UNBELIEVABLE!! I came across this purely by accident. It's a retro furniture store in the city that I follow on Facebook and I was just scrolling through some of their old pics not specifically looking for these chairs, but then there they were. Mystery sold - the chairs have a designer! Fredrik A. Kayser!!

So with further research, based on the timing that Kayser was working at Vatne, it looks like these chairs were designed and manufactured in the late 1950s, a lot earlier than I had originally thought. And surprisingly, the timber frame is walnut stained oak and not walnut as I had thought.

BUT, the unbelievable thing is the price!! They were listed at Vinyl Frontier for $465 EACH but some overseas sites (I found, after more research) had them listed for up to $800 each. I bought all 10 for $250 so I'm absolutely astounded (and stoked) that they may be worth up to $8000! It's a moot point though because I love them and have no intention whatsoever of selling them or breaking up the set.

In my original post, I said these were in my top five of amazing finds. I'm pretty sure this has just shot to the number one.

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