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A Pair of French Teak Armchairs, France 1950s

Origin France
Period 1950-1979
Materials teak, cane
Dimensions
W. 25.59 in; H. 31.1 in; D. 32.87 in;
W. 65 cm; H. 79 cm; D. 83.5 cm;
Seat H. 11.42 in;
Seat H. 29 cm;
Condition Good. In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Original cane panels. The wood has beautiful patina.
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description This pair of mid-century French armchairs combines a visually stunning structural body with expert caning technique and high quality materials.

As with the UK and much of Europe, there was something of a design renaissance in France in the 1950s, due to developments in materials and technology after the war. In France, designers were often also architects, whose focus on functionality and quality resulted in sculptural models, such as the chairs of this pair. These chairs are all about the gorgeous teak structure and the cane panels. Pure, sleek forms, free from artifice or decoration characterise these chairs. This style is referred to as reronstructivism. A reconstructivist design builds upon prior, deconstructionist models and techniques, but adapts them to classic themes and structures, with the goal of creating works of genuine emotion and significance. These chairs in particular recall the chairs of Swiss architect, Pierre Jeanneret’s designs for Chandigarh in India.

These chairs feature octagonal mesh cane webbing, which is an elegant material that enhances quality and complements the teak wood. Cane webbing is strong enough to support weight of a sitting person and flexible enough to bend around sharp corner of wooden frames. Production of cane webbing requires a lot of labour, attention and craftsmanship and every production step involves repetitive careful hand selection. The cane panels of these chairs are original and in great condition, testifying to the outstanding quality of this pair. ~H.

Condition:
In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Original cane panels. The wood has beautiful patina.

Dimensions:
25.59 in W x 32.87 in D x 31.1 in H; Seat height 11.41 in
65 cm W x 83.5 cm D x 79 cm H; Seat height 29 cm
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern
Dealer Reference Number 20200492
Incollect Reference Number 426884
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