D70 Chair for Tecta by Marco Dessí

Marco Dessi of Studiodessi designed the Tecta D70 chair.

“I’m very excited about this furniture – it’s one of my most personal designs in a long time,” says designer Marco Dessí, a native of South Tyrol with a studio in Vienna. The interplay of geometric figures distinguishes his D70. The trapezoid of the backrest, the triangle of the front legs and an unusual oval at the seat. It invites you to try it out: Legs up – you can even fit a book or laptop next to it. An iconographic, clear design that quickly reveals the references to Tecta and the Bauhaus.

Green PK8 Armchair by Paulo Kobylka

Green PK8 Armchair by Paulo Kobylka for Boobam, a Brasilean company curating (offering a trading platform for) furniture and illumination produced by Brasilean Artists and craftsmen.

Adaption Sofa by Fabio Novembre

Adaption Sofa designed by Fabio Novembre for Cappellini

A bit like Vodööl Chair by Coop Himmelblau


Dark Green Armchair (1906) by Carl Bergsten (Sweden, 1879-1935) for Gemla

Dark Green Armchair (1906) by Carl Bergsten (Sweden, 1879-1935) for Gemla

250 000 – 300 000 SEK

24 108 – 28 930 EUR
Hammer price:
310 000 SEK

The chairs were designed for Strömsholmens Café at the Industrial Exhibition in Norrköping in 1906. These armchairs were a wedding gift from Carl Bergsten to his close friend and colleague Contractor Ernst Lundberg.

Architect and furniture designer Carl Bergsten’s significance for the development of modern architecture and furniture design in Sweden during the beginning of the 20th century cannot be overestimated. Several of his assignments, such as the Industrial Exhibition in Norrköping in 1906, the Swedish pavilion at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1925 and the interior of the MS Kungsholmen in 1928, have been of crucial importance for the development of Swedish architecture and design.

Carl Bergsten (1879-1935), then 25 years old, was appointed Chief Architect at the Industrial Exhibition in his hometown of Norrköping in 1906. During an earlier study trip to Europe, Bergsten met architect Josef Hoffmann in Vienna and became inspired by him and his colleagues active in the progressive Viennese Secession. Bergsten took the impressions home to Sweden and in 1906 he carried out one of the largest modern manifestations in Swedish history. For Strömsholmens Café and Restaurant, Bergsten designed, among other things, a chair and an armchair which, with its austere geometric shapes and technical innovations, came to write Swedish furniture history. The armchair, which according to pictures from the exhibition was only made in a few copies, is extremely unusual. To our knowledge, in modern times it has never appeared on the market but only appeared in public at Norrköping City Museum. The majority of the chairs were probably destroyed in a fire in the 1930s. The exhibition building was later demolished in the 1940s. These two exclusive armchairs are probably Bergsten’s first executed copies as they both differ in design, with odd manufacturing details and material choices.

Bergsten’s innovative design required its manufacturer, which Bergsten found with Gemla Leksaksfabrik in Diö. The then-new bentwood technology that inspired him during the meeting with Josef Hoffmann in Vienna required an ambitious producer. Together with Gemla, they experimented with materials and techniques to produce the first bentwood furniture in Sweden, the auction’s two armchairs.

Contractor Ernst Lundberg (1878-1946) was born in Strömsbro in Gävle. After graduating as a civil engineer in Stockholm, Lundberg quickly became successful for his enormous professional knowledge and his happy mood. The industrial exhibition in Norrköping in 1906 was one of his first major projects and was the starting point of a long and close friendship with Carl Bergsten. Ernst Lundberg married Astrid Lundberg in 1906. Carl Bergsten’s wedding gift, the two armchairs, has followed the family ever since. Ernst Lundberg collaborated with several architects during his career and became a successful developer.

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Green H-269 Armchair by Jindřich Halabala for UP Závody, 1930s

Found this green H-269 Armchair by Jindřich Halabala for UP Závody, 1930s at VNTG

A Green H-269 Lounge Chair by Jindřich Halabala, 1930s at VNTG

and a pair at VNTG

And a dark green one at Modern Times all the way from Down Under