Grand Prix Chairs Mid-century Modern (arne Jacobsen) Teak From 1964, Pair
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Grand Prix Chairs Mid-century Modern (arne Jacobsen) Teak From 1964, Pair:
Purchased new in 1964 to furnish a Craftsman home, my mother the IEEE engineer loved the elegant functionality of Danish design. I know these chairs to be original because I was a teen at home when she bought them; they have remained in the family (well used!) ever since. The Grand Prix (3130) Chair, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1957 used a new method of forming "molded" plywood into these organic shapes. The gorgeous teak hardwood in the surface layers is all the decoration the chair needs. The teak-surface plywood is 9-ply, like all the best cabinet-making plywood. (In the photo taken from above the chairs back to back, you can make out the plywood layers for yourself.) There are no tags or stamps on them, and never did have, to my recollection. They have never been stripped & refinished, just oiled with linseed or tung oil or lemon oil, etc. Comfortable to sit in with the complex gentle curves, sturdy enough to accommodate the family linebacker-sized humans, stackable when a little extra space is needed—they remain a classic twentieth-century design for a reason.The color difference between the two chairs is the result of UV-aging of the finish (varnish? lacquer? shellac?) on the lighter yellow-ish one—the finish itself has taken on a slight yellowish opacity that somewhat disguises the natural teak color. A few inevitable tiny edge chips in the front edge of the seats are typical of such 60-year-old chairs.
These chairs are hard to come by.