the wiggle chair is awesome, R23 downtown used them and they are better than they look, the only "issue" is that they are corrugated cardboard, so if you have a cat or plan to sit on it a lot, it will crush....
damn i forgot about that. my fiance's cats will scratch that chair for sure. guess i'll have to pass.
i LOVE how you must say fiance now, congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;D
Post by jimandtara on Sept 28, 2008 18:10:23 GMT -8
Well I'm happy today!
I found a treasure - one that has been on my laundry list of objects I would hope to find someday for a long time! One of the great pieces of 20th century art, craftsmenship and functionality all in one. The best part - I got it for $5 at an estate sale I'm going to refinish it and have new leather put on the seat. (this was the last day of the sale - the fate of this work of art would have been the trash had I not shown up)
Hans Wegners - "The Chair". This is the exact example that was used for the first televised Presidential debates - its the chair that Kennedy requested for the event.
One of the guys from the Johannes Hansen furniture makers still makes them today the way Hans Wegner made them himself - he does 200 of them a year at $4000 each!
Post by oldfartatplay on Sept 29, 2008 15:10:21 GMT -8
Interesting auction, Babs got some taste. I love mission style furniture. I do some woodworking and have furnished my living room with mission style pieces I designed and built. That's quartersawn white oak, probably fumed with ammonia, just beautiful wood and hard as a rock. If you go to the site and turn on the zoom feature you can see dust and crud on the piece. It does seem in pretty good shape though (for 100+ years old).
Well I'm happy today! One of the guys from the Johannes Hansen furniture makers still makes them today the way Hans Wegner made them himself - he does 200 of them a year at $4000 each!
That is so cool! Does this mean an original is worth more than 4K?
It nice to know your sh*t.
A period example like the one I found made of that type of wood, with all the joinery perfect (and refinished) - is worth about $2500. A bit less actually than new ones - you see that alot in recent years. IMO - for the long haul valuations, the period example are the ones to own. Especially when you snag em for $5!
Hung, you really want to learn this stuff? See some of the best pieces in the genre with snapshots and REAL valuations? Check out Richard Wrights auction house in Chicago - hes THE market maker in 20th Century Modern Design in the world and has been for a long time - way before the likes of Sotheby's/Christies, etc got into this niche! He's who I use to sell the finds I don't want.
Below is a preview for his upcoming auction - I went and previewed it last week because I have many of these pieces in my collection so I wanted to compare conditions etc...
Taking this Heywood Wakefield set to the basement and thought id show them before banished to darkness. They were on the back porch. Couch, two chairs, corner table, side table with green top, two lamps. Tables have stamps on bottoms, chairs and couch have original tags/labels.
Eyvind Earle, Moebius, Audrey Kawasaki, Frazetta, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Mary Blair, Trevor Brown, Victor Castillo, Romain de Tirtoff
Post by jimandtara on Nov 13, 2008 22:17:37 GMT -8
Hey Tom -
Those are all pieces from Heywood Wakefields "Ashcraft" line from the late 40's, early 50's - since bamboo supplies had been exhausted during WWII, Heywood Wakefield used steam-bent ash that was wood-burned to mimic bamboo. The tiki/kitsch type collectors love that stuff - however, the pieces you've shown arent that desirable with the exception of the lamps. I'd throw them on eBay with a starting bid of $100 for the pair. I'd have a bonfire with the rest of it!
I had tons of Heywood Wakefield stuff at one point. My brother was totally into finding it at garage sale & swap meets and refinishing it himself. He then sold everything off to me when he moved. This is my only piece left, which was my favorite of the bunch.
Post by jimandtara on Nov 14, 2008 14:25:28 GMT -8
Hey B -
Now thats a NICE "common" piece of Heywood Wakefield (the "kneehole desk") - the only reason its common is they made it from 50-65'. One of the longest run pieces by HW. AND its so practical - I had one and used it for years. One of the most solid pieces of furniture I've ever seen (like a Tank). Just sold mine a couple years ago as I found my dream desk! (a period Charles and Ray Eames ESU desk). I'm in the middle of rearranging my office space (art and all) as we speak so I'll post pics when I'm done.
Post by jimandtara on Jan 12, 2009 19:50:50 GMT -8
(I've got PM's in the past asking if i found anything new lately, so...)
Well, stopped at a dumpy resale store today on my way to the libarary. I usually don't hit that one too often - its kind of a hole in the wall and never really has anything good. I guess you really never know!
Found an early Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller "Aluminum Group Chair". Condition is excellent - the frame needs a little polishing and the seat a little cleaning. Might just have my upholsterer friend quick do it up with some Alexander Girard fabric from Maharam - doesnt need it but could pick a better color then! Now I'm on a hunt for some castors for the feet!
Cost was $5! (and I didnt want to run to the libarary in the snow)
Thats why I'd love to find a set of wheels for it - this is going to be my new desk chair. What kind of desk did you get? I'm in the middle of restoring an ESU desk that I've had for a while. I need to push that along now - the set is going to rock together!