Aloha Chairs by Kjell Grant, Melbourne, 1971
An extraordinarily rare set of six 'Aloha' chairs, designed by Kjell Grant in Melbourne, 1971. Solid Blackwood body, cast iron fixtures, in wonderful original condition but with new cushion covers (sadly, the original orange vinyl and green vinyl covers were not salvageable).
If you've never heard of Kjell Grant, prepare to be amazed. Simone LeAmon, curator of the first Australian exhibition of Kjell Grant's work at Planex Design Season in 2008 described Grant's career and his solid gold design credentials, as follows:
"An industrial designer and architect Kjell Grant commenced his career in 1947 studying under the notable sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth at the RCA in London and Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology. With an illustrious career in product design Kjell Grant has developed products for Cartier, Orrefors, Knoll, Rosenthal and Raymond Loewy N.Y, most notable are his furniture commissions for renowned Australian architects Robyn Boyd, Sir Roy Grounds and Harry Seidler. In 1967 Kjell Grant designed the furniture for the Australian Pavilion at the Montreal Exposition in Canada. The Montreal Chairs resulting from this project are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York".
The Aloha chair was a private commission for a hotel in Carlton, Melbourne. These particular chairs were sourced from a family whose parents courted at that hotel and due to the romantic association bought the chairs at an auction clearance of the hotel before it's demolition or renovation, in the 1980s. The Aloha chair is slated to go back into production due to strong interest in the work of Kjell Grant and, of course, the chair's excellent design.
To find a set of six original Aloha chairs is exceptional. These are truely worthy of museum preservation.
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