Offered by: ABT Modern
1755 Lexington Ave. Unit B Deland, FL 32724 , United States Call Seller 386.232.8781

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Rare Mid-Century Modern "Ruspan" Chair in Hand-Tooled Leather

$ 2,995
  • Description
    Title: Rare Mid-Century Modern "Ruspan" Chair in Hand-Tooled Leather by Russell Spanner, Canada, c. 1950s

    About: Introducing an incredibly rare early "Ruspan" chair made famous by the influential Canadian designer Russel Spanner in 1950. Constructed from birch and utilizing molded plywood techniques this chair has been painstakingly restored in homage to the late great Spanner. Using his first Ruspan chair model as inspiration, which was painted black and using brown webbing for the seat, we restored this chair piece by piece. The paint is automotive-grade, single-stage polyurethane whilst the full-grain leather has been hand-dyed and cut and applied in exactly the same pattern and spacing as the original chair.

    Russel Spanner was a Canadian designer who contributed to residential furniture designs throughout the 50's and 60's. Spanner's designs utilized innovative manufacturing techniques such as curved plywood and non-upholstered, woven-web seating which are on full display in this restored Ruspan chair. Spanner was obsessive about the process of building his pieces and was famous (or infamous) for testing the strength of his designs by jumping on them and throwing them across the factory floor.

    With it's aggressive stance, lavish use of new materials and contrasting colors this iconic Ruspan chair is perfect for collectors and designers alike searching for an authentic Spanner piece that is as rich in aesthetics as it is in Modern Design history. This chair is the epitome of one-of-a-kind and when it's gone, it's gone forever. Make it yours today.

    Origin: Canada

    Proof: Ample Provenance - Industry Consensus

    Period: 1950s

    Material: Birch | Leather

    State: ABT Modern Restored Customization

    Condition Details: This extraordinary 'Ruspan' Chair has recently undergone an extensive and transformative restoration process and the results speak for themselves. The mix of solid and molded plywood Birch has been painted with automotive-grade, single-stage Polyurethane paint. The seat, redone in hand-cut genuine leather hide, has been woven and cut to the same size and pattern as the original straps.

    This one-of-a-kind-piece of Mid-Century Modern history is comfortable, structurally sound and ready decades more of use. Please view all photos for details on this chairs current condition. We're limited on the amount of media we can post so additional photos and videos are available upon request.

    Style: Mid-Century Modern | Modern

    SKU: AM02080-1

    ---Dimensions---
    Width: 23 in / 58.42 cm
    Depth: 26 in / 66.04 cm
    Height: 31.5 in / 80.01 cm
    Seat Height: 16 in / 40.64 cm
    Arm Height: 23.5 in / 59.69 cm
  • More Information
    Documentation: Ample Provenance
    Origin: Canada
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Birch | Leather
    Condition: Good.
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Mid Century
    Dealer Reference #: AM02080-1
    Incollect Reference #: 684058
  • Dimensions
    W. 23 in; H. 31.5 in; D. 26 in;
    W. 58.42 cm; H. 80.01 cm; D. 66.04 cm;
    Seat H. 16 in; Arm H. 23.5 in;
    Seat H. 40.64 cm; Arm H. 59.69 cm;
Message from Seller:

ABT Modern has been an industry leader in the high-end antique market with a specialization in Mid Century Modern and Danish Modern Furniture for the past decade. Founded in 2013 in a small garage in DeLand, FL, ABT Modern has grown to have the largest collection of Mid Century Modern and Danish Modern Furniture in the state of Florida.

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