Sunday, February 5, 2012
Looks Like George (Comments, Yesterday) Sussed Out That This Is A Herman Miller "Chicklet" Sofa Tout De Suite! Did I Make It THAT Easy? Status: Needs A Good Cleaning.
Is that a sexy back side or what? Please disregard the dollies. It was misting all day today and I wanted to get some natural light pictures of this beauty designed by Ray Wilkes, but I didn't want to put it on the wet driveway. It's just so Pop Art cool! I've got to figure out a place to put this in the house that shows off this angle, don't ya think?
You might remember back in November of last year that I attended the Ivey Selkirk modernism
auction where there were a pair of chicklet chairs being sold. They weren't quite my cup of tea
because of the upholstery choice and since they didn't sell (lot was passed, estimate was at
$500 - $700 for the pair) I assume the other buyers felt the same way. I'm glad I waited and
my patience paid off!
I arrived at the sale (estate, ostensibly) yesterday only about 40 minutes before opening time
and was still first in line and had my choice of items. Like I said yesterday, this was actually a
consolation prize as the Eames / Herman Miller dining table was just a little to pricey for my
comfort. I took the Girlfriend back over to that sale late this afternoon to see what was left
and pick up a couple half off sundries. She managed to find some cute shoes for cheap and
some office needs for work I picked up a pair of nice Altec Lansing computer speakers. The
Knoll task chair and Eames / Herman Miller desk were both gone. I'm kinda glad since I don't
really have any need of them and even less room to store them.
Obviously this sofa (love seat?) needs a good cleaning but otherwise it's perfect. There aren't
any rips, tears or worn areas. Cleaning it up should be pretty easy since it comes all apart.
That means I'll be able to get all the crud out from between all the seat cushions and armrests /
sides. Dated 1979, that makes this sofa 33 years old. It's excellent condition testifies to the
quality of materials, design and workmanship of Herman Miller products. There is a reason
that new Herman Miller products are seemingly so expensive...it's because in 30 years (likely
in 50 years, even) they are probably going to be as good as new like this!