Mademoiselle Lounge Chair by Ilmary Tapiovaara (1956)
I’m not a Ilmary Tapiovaara design fan as the chairs and stools tend to fall apart because they cannot bear the load of sitting. In one way or another he wasn’t able to give his designs the sturdiness of real shaker chairs.
We do have a Facebook page for chairblog, but sometimes do not pay attention enough to the reactions of our followers there…as there was Chad Womack who pointed us to his chair DRB15 there.
Chair Model No. DRB 15 is composed of American Cherry solids with African Wenge back splat and polished Stainless Steel banding. The hand tied traditional sprung seat is shown in fine Cognac brown hide. The curved cherry back rest was glued up to the required thickness and band-sawed on a taper. The back rest blank was also positioned on a compound angle on the saw table so that no glue line was visible on the face, disrupting the pattern of the wood grain. The back splat is veneered in beautiful dark African Wenge and traced with a banding of polished stainless steel. Polished stainless hex key fasteners are used as both functional and decorative elements. The tapered Cherry back legs are splayed on a compound angle to give the chair an elegant stance
Squashed Vipps by Ron Arad
Manufactured by Vipp, Denmark, altered by Ron Arad: a stool with style.
The first two photo’s I found at Sharp lines old times as a post about this chair that was auctioned at Lauritz.com in 2014 at a price of $7555 including buyer’s premium. The blogger fantasized a bit about buying the chair and repairing the broken stick and then reselling it at a good profit at a more internationally operating auction house than Lauritz.
The chair was originally made in only two examples with a matching coffee table and were made for a installation at the Copenhagen Cabinetmaker’s guild in 1964. This also marked Peter Karpf’s debut as an architect. The two chairs were constructed of ash wood, upholstered with textiles by Nina Koppel and produced by furniture maker Willy Beck.
The third photo is from an auction on June 6, 2017 at Sotheby’s New York City where a rocket chair fetched 30,000 USD