Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Sunday Night, Upon Arriving Home After Dropping By CCAM To Pays My Rent, This Sprung Up On Craigslist...And Right Back Out The Door I Went. A Genuine Jens Risom / Knoll Chair? Yes, Thank You! Status: Soon To Be Avialable.
Well, this ain't an every day occurrence! Genuine Knoll, well known designer pieces for bargain prices (even on craigslist) are always a welcome if infrequent find. Luckily I spotted this one about an hour after it was listed. A half hour later it was in the back of the car.
Who doesn't love the simple clean design of the early 1940s Jens Risom strap chair? I like to think
the design was based around the idea of breaking down a chair to it's most modest elements: frame
and strap. This is what a lot of much more ornate chairs might resemble if all the padding, upholstery
and ornamentation were to disappear. I imagine this was a hard sell in the '40s!
I was happy to find the chair had a lovely walnut frame as apposed to what I presume is a more
common blonde maple. The strap is in excellent condition too. No stains or real wear. Given the
little placard I assume this is a version produced after Knoll started making the 654 chair again in
1994. At any rate, it's not gonna cost it's next owner the almost $1,000 a new one from Knoll would.
Keep an eye out for it in one or the other of my booths soon!