Sooooooooooooooooooo through my epic and obsessive search for vintage, gorgeous, and cheap vintage mid-century furniture, I have been able to glean some knowledge about old stuff. You know, which old stuff is valuable old stuff, and which old stuff is just old junk.
Granted, I’m at the infantile, pre-birth, fetus stage of knowledge, but I’ll admit that I’m feeling super-smart lately. Mostly because I seem to be able to pick things out that “appear” to be “somewhat” “stylish” and “expensive”… without really knowing for sure that they are.
FOR EXAMPLE… In one of my HUNDREDS of trips to my local Goodwill (if you’ve ever hung out at the Goodwill/Value Village, you’ll notice that there is this hoarde of “antiquers” or “re-sellers” that like, THERE ALL THE TIME, and they know all the workers names, and they’re all like pals, and like “Hey Bubbles! How’s your sick brother’s boil?” I am slowly starting to become one of those people…anyways…)… I came across this chair:
So, at first you’re like – THAT IS ONE FUCKING UGLY CHAIR. And at first I thought that, too. But then I started looking at it.
- It has a low stance seat, similar to many mid-century fancy chairs…
- The frame is solid wood… looks to be teak or walnut, the main wood choices in the 60′s and 70′s
- That cording across the seat… I know I’ve seen something like that before…
- Check out those sweeping, curved legs… they look pretty fancy…
- And see the detail on the side-seat? Where there is a slit cut into the wood to allow the cording to go through? Seems pretty intricate…
It was priced at $40.00. I tracked down the Manager (who knows me now), and negotiated him down to $20.00. And bought it.
So then I looked around on the internetts…
Yeah… scroll down to #3. LOOK FAMILIAR???
That is a Wegner folding rope chair, model 512. See the cording? The curved legs and low stance? The slit cut into the side of the chair? Even that rhombus-y shaped curvy strut thing on the bottom of the chair is EXACTLY the same as mine.
In case you didn’t see in that link above, the Wegner folding rope chair has sold for ELEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS.
Let’s be clear here.
My chair is NOT an authentic Wegner. It is a replica.
The main problem now is that I have to replace the cording on pretty much the entire chair…
Using my stellar research skills, I managed to find a few Toronto-based companies that specialize in re-cording chairs, including those that use danish cord (which is what I learned my chair was made out of). BUT. I think it’s going to be expensive (one website quoted it at $750.00. Fuck that shit.).
Soooooooooooo I may try re-cording the chair myself.
Do you think I can do it?
I fucking think so.