Monday, February 13, 2012
We Took A Quick Trip To The South County Antique Mall This Afternoon. Found A Pair Of Under Appreciated Vintage Modern Lovelies. Status: Love When That Happens!
No, they aren't Knoll and definitely not original Groupo Australs but they are still great vintage modern knock offs (of which there are ba-zillions) of the Hardoy Butterfly Chair. Stuck in a booth way in the back hidden behind a bunch of utterly incongruous antique mall fare, they were the bargain of the week. Happy as a clam was I to free up a good amount of booth space for the seller! Why am I writing like Yoda?
There's not a lot of information about identifying a genuine Knoll or Groupo Austral chair from
the torrent of knock off copies that came after their introduction 1940. Seems as though the
Knoll chairs were delivered with a leather seat sling and I think the rear uprights had a subtle
inward bend at about the top 5 inches. I have no doubt that these chairs are just a pair of the
millions of copies but that's quite alright. They're Vintage copies!
The pair was priced so cheaply that I had to check all the welds for breaks and the canvas for
holes and tares! None were found I'm happy to report. One frame has been poorly repainted
and the other is covered in surface rust though. These will be easy to clean up and will look
great again with a couple coats of black semi-gloss or bright white.
We actually only went to the antique mall to see if I could locate the booth that I thought would
have the Herman Miller / Eames conference dining table that was purchased at that shoe
business close out sale about a week ago. I finally found it...after looking through almost the
entire antique mall...and making the lucking find. Pays to be persistent! There were some
other cool items of note at the mall as well. I'll share those with you tomorrow. Meanwhile,
anybody aching for a pair of Butterfly Chairs for their upcoming mod patio season? Get 'em
before I drop them on my ad!