Solid Brass Chairs in the style of Jean Royere
This pair of painted brass chairs share something of Gio Ponti's work - simplicity of design and energetic expression. The lattice back and sweeping metal arms are reminiscent of the Jean Royere 'Croisillon' series, yet these chairs are unique. They are one-off items made by a Sydney engineer in the late 1950s for his patio overlooking the waters of one of Sydney's many harbour inlets.
In order to prevent rust they were constructed from solid brass rod and angle, including brass screws. We love the vibrant 1950s colour scheme of Mediterranean blue and white paintwork so much, we couldn't bring ourselves to strip them. However, any new owner has this option - the brass is in excellent patinated condition under the paint.
Cabinet de Luxe is fascinated with the wonderfully resourceful translation of European and American design that has always influenced Australian furniture. In the mid 20th century, developments in design were usually first seen via print media in Australia, many months after their launch in the US or Europe. Thirsty design types soaked up the images in imported interiors magazines as well as local publications such as Belle and Home Beautiful throughout the 1940s, 50s and 60s. It was not always economical to import these items, so interior designers and manufacturers would often 'interpret' the designs into a uniquely Australian midcentury production of their own.
These chairs were carefully thought out to achieve a vision of sun-kissed Australian outdoor living, via ideas developed in Europe, particularly around the Mediterranean in the 1940s and 50s. They are spectacular, practical and unique seaside, poolside, indoor or outdoor armchairs. The pair have high density foam cushions and are covered in outdoor furnishing fabric from Warwick, designed for harsh Australian conditions - weatherproof and sun safe. Optional black plastic ball ends are available for the feet if floor protection is required. See images.
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