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Pair of “Pedro” Armchairs by Carl Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs for Puunveisto Oy, 50s

Documentation Ample Provenance
Origin Finland
Period 1950-1979
Materials bouclé, wood
W. 27.56 in; H. 29.72 in; D. 26.97 in;
W. 70 cm; H. 75.5 cm; D. 68.5 cm;
Seat H. 16.93 in;
Seat H. 43 cm;
Condition Good. In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The chairs have been recently reupholstered in a premium bouclé fabric. The chairs minimally differ in width and height.
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description These “Pedro” armchairs show the homely curviness that defined the design of the 1950s. Hiort af Ornäs developed the model for his own furniture company, Puunveisto Oy.

The Pedro model has a soft, sculptural shape paired with an ergonomic construction. Hiort af Ornäs was very firm about two things regarding his chair designs: the sitting comfort and that the model must look good from every single angle. Pedro fulfils these principles, for as even from the bottom, it showcases the elongated, tapered back legs. The removable seat cushions ensure the sitting comfort.

The craftsmanship and quality of Hiort af Ornäs is very visible in the Pedro collection that includes a sofa besides this Pedro chair. The seating designs of the architect/designer have been gradually more and more recognised world-wide, which resulted in the recent exhibition titled “Forgotten Ornäs”.

The chairs have been reupholstered in an intricate, premium bouclé fabric that compliments the wood beautifully.

In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The chairs have been recently reupholstered in a premium bouclé fabric. The chairs minimally differ in width and height.

Chair 1:
27.55 in W x 26.96 in D x 29.72 in H; Seat height 16.92 in
70 cm W x 68.5 cm D x 75.5 cm H; Seat height 43 cm
Chair 2:
28.14 in W x 26.96 in D x 29.33 in H; Seat height 16.92 in
71.5 cm W x 68.5 cm D x 74.5 cm H; Seat height 43 cm

About the designer:
Carl-Gustaf Vilhelm (nicknamed “Nalle”) Hiort of Ornäs was born on 27 February 1911 and lived most of his life in Tapiola/Espoo in Finland and in his later life moved to Spain. He is remembered as a Finnish interior architect and designer known to be uncompromising.

Before the Finnish wars (1939-1944), Hiort af Ornäs spent his time in Pori, working at Björneborgs Mekaniska Verkstad. He studied at the Helsinki University of Technology to become an architect but never graduated. He did, however, become known as an interior designer, and eventually even more known as a furniture designer.

In 1945, Hiort af Ornäs founded the furniture company Puunveisto Oy, for which he developed versatile techniques for shaping plywood. He started the furniture manufacturing shop on Lauttasaari in Helsinki (Veneentekijäntie 14) together with his brother. The wood shop, showroom and office were all located in the same building in Helsinki. Rolf Mesterton was the man in charge of producing the furniture but there were several other carpenters at work in the woodshop. Hiort af Ornäs’s furniture was exhibited and sold by the shop Nupponen who also distributed Olavi Hänninen’s designs, while Puunveisto’s furniture were also sold by Gösta Westerbergs Möbler in Stockholm, Sweden but, in spite of a good selection of chairs, tables and shelves, did not do too well. Since production costs were high, Hiort af Ornäs faced economic troubles. The company was later sold to Nupponen after which Hiort af Ornäs’s interest in the company waned.

Hiort af Ornäs spent his retirement in Spain, and designed several buildings for Fuengirola’s Los Pacos neighbourhood, which has a large Finnish population. His house that he drew and built in Tapiola, Espoo, Finland, ‘Villa Hiort’, still stands and houses some of the designer’s original drawings. It is a beautiful example of 1950s Modernism and the talent of Hiort af Ornäs that brought him recognition that lasts to this day. ~H.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern, Scandinavian Modern
Dealer Reference Number 20200370
Incollect Reference Number 403074
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