DWR wonders: "Is there such a thing as an instant classic?" And decides they: "...think it may be Mario Bellini’s chair..."
(Despite their apparent love of the chair, there was quite a scandal recently when they completely and utterly ripped off the chair.... too much lesser effect and only slightly less cost) See below.
Bellini himself noted that designing a chair is: "infinitely more complex than designing a skyscraper". "Tell me what chair you’ve designed and I‘ll tell you what sort of architect you are."
So you see I am not in poor company in loving this chair. But, this is not, in fact, THE chair I spoke of in the title. Bellini is merely a detour, but a very aesthetically pleasing one.
So, back to THE chair #1. My new client was able to pull off the deal of the year...(fellow pim'ers, you know who you are, this great client is one of you, by the way)
Total cost for the below item at a garage sale: $25.00.
The piece is upholstered in the most fabulously shiny yellow..somewhere between mustard and canary....leather. It's pulled nice and tight across the chair and fastened securely with large button tufting. And the seat is the most amazing bucket...just like a race car. I have not seen its equal outside of a BMW. And while it might look stiff and uncomfortable, it is in fact not uncomfortable in the least. It just screams cool.
So besides the fact that this chair is just plain cool, let's examine why it was also the deal of the year. Thanks to 1st Dibs, I managed to do a little comparison shopping.
Of course, the chair's form originates in the Victorian era when each room of a fashionable residence needed to be decorated in a different style...Rococo, Gothic, Renaissance... Everyone who was anyone needed a library to retire to and contemplate the world in. Oh, and it had to be fabulously decorated, often preferably in the Gothic fashion. But parlors also had to be fabulously decorated, and Queen Anne, although not the most popular, was one of the myriad styles that worked. It was also a period of great technological innovations in furniture design, and springs and tufting as we see in this piece became highly desirable. Horsehair stuffing was OUT and springs were most definitely IN.
A few 1st Dibs finds from that grand era:
So why do I assume mid-century for this chair? Well the most obvious is the color. This is not quite a natural dye of the 19th century. Its manufactured, its synthetic. And it is much more at home with the typical mid-century chairs shown directly above than the 19th century beauties shown further above. The construction is a bit too sound to be over 100 years old, and overall, the chair does not quite have the carving and wood detail and subtleties to the legs of a 19th century piece. And also, because of these:
Yes. Deal of the year. Well done! My only regret...it does not work with the living room color scheme!!!