Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Chair

Think six Herman Miller Soft Pad Management Chairs and five Knoll Pollock's in one bedroom is a little excessive?

Well, prepare to have your mind blown...

... because I've got another 12 (Yes, t-w-e-l-v-e!) Wegner-style office chairs all up in here.

Designed by Hans Wegner in 1949, the round chair was deemed "the world's most beautiful chair" and featured prominently in the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate.  It later became such a design icon that it was simply referred to as "The Chair". 

Source: Apartment Therapy

Now, obviously, these aren't REAL Wegner's.  If they were authentic, I'd likely be out living a life of luxury in the Bahamas rather than sitting blogging in my dingy office.  These are vintage replicas done by a company called The Empire State Chair Co. out of New York.  They do seem to be fairly decent copies though.

The pads and frame are a few centimeters thicker, the finger-joints (where the arm meets the backrest) are missing, and the "flow" of the armrests is slightly off, but the workmanship is quite good and they are very sturdy and heavy.  Most of the originals were done in walnut, but I have seen them done in oak, like mine, on occasion (see above examples).

Per the girlfriend's orders, these will need to find a new home, stat!  So, I'm gonna give them the old Howard's treatment and send them on their merry way.  Anyone need to outfit a whole office building?


  1. Glad they were marked and you were finally able to solve the mystery.

    1. Too bad they weren't originals, but for that price who cares. It's always interesting to read up on all the little companies that made replicas.

  2. how much did you end up selling them for?

    1. I've been really busy lately, so haven't really had a chance to get anything listed. Gotta get to work!

  3. Are these chair still available? Please let me know.