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ringo

Macaroni cheese controller
Got a second hand one like this recently. Was about £100 and needs sanding and re varnishing and new cushions. Halfway through the refurbishment...
That's a lovely chair. Is it Scandinavian or UK/G Plan?

I like how broad a lot of 20th Century Scandinavian design/style furniture was, they feel quite generous. There seems to have been a movement towards very large furniture by some designers, I'm about to inherit my Uncle's sideboard and it's over two metres long.

A bit like this:
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ringo

Macaroni cheese controller
Not sure of the chairs origin. Might be Danish. I got a load of really good nick gplan units from charity shops. This kind of stuff:
All solid teak. Antiques of the future.
They are great design and extremely functional, and still at the stage where you can find them cheap if you look hard enough even though in trendy shops they're fetching quite big money.
We've got an Astro from Mrs R's Gran too:
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They used to be about £40 but I've just noticed they've shot up in the vintage shops to over a grand! :eek::eek:
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Idaho

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They are great design and extremely functional, and still at the stage where you can find them cheap if you look hard enough even though in trendy shops they're fetching quite big money.
We've got an Astro from Mrs R's Gran too:
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They used to be about £40 but I've just noticed they've shot up in the vintage shops to over a grand! :eek::eek:
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I picked one of those up for £90! The shop had two.. But I don't have any storage.
 

Fez909

toilet expert
Need a proper computer chair to stop me ruining myself. Thinking of this Herman Miller SAYL:

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Anyone got/used one? Is it worth it (it's a lot of money for me). Or are there better options for this price/lower?
 

Brainaddict

chief propagandist (provisional)
According to a Radio 4 programme I once heard, this is the most successful chair design in history. Nobody knows who designed it, but millions have been made. When I was in west Africa I rarely saw anything else.

I love Radio 4 for it's documentaries about odd stuff like this. I also really like these chairs, they are genuinely comfortable and useful. I imagine a lot of similar designs are made - probably by unnamed design teams in Chinese factories - but market forces pushed one or two designs to the top of the heap.
 

Crispy

The following psytrance is baṉned: All
That's a nice looking chair, no idea about comfort. We have one of these Eames copies, pretty good for about that price:
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Abbey Medium Back Leather Office Chairs
I complained about the high-backed version of this upthread. They're uncomfortable because you can't adjust the backrest tilt. Also the arms are too high.

There are 7 of us in this office room. There are 6 of those chairs. 5 of them are used as coat hangers.
EDIT: And the other one is being sat on by the newbie. She'll realise soon enough.
 
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ringo

Macaroni cheese controller
I complained about the high-backed version of this upthread. They're uncomfortable because you can't adjust the backrest tilt. Also the arms are too high.

There are 7 of us in this office room. There are 6 of those chairs. 5 of them are used as coat hangers.
I missed that. Mrs R uses it every day, no complaints about the angle. She sits at a dining table so no low desk issues with the arms but that woud be annoying.
 

Fez909

toilet expert
That's a nice looking chair, no idea about comfort. We have one of these Eames copies, pretty good for about that price:
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Abbey Medium Back Leather Office Chairs
I ended up getting one, and I'm sitting in it now.

Really comfortable, looks great, too. Mine's in red, which wouldn't have been my choice, but there was a brand new one on eBay for nearly 50% off the shop price, so I couldn't turn that down.

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Dr. Furface

One small step for man
They are great design and extremely functional, and still at the stage where you can find them cheap if you look hard enough even though in trendy shops they're fetching quite big money.
We've got an Astro from Mrs R's Gran too:
View attachment 104142

They used to be about £40 but I've just noticed they've shot up in the vintage shops to over a grand! :eek::eek:
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Fuck - my mum had one of those tables. She died in 2015, and I gave all her furniture (most of which was crap) to a charity, including that table. I had no idea it was worth anything at all, never mind a bloody grand!
 

ringo

Macaroni cheese controller
Fuck - my mum had one of those tables. She died in 2015, and I gave all her furniture (most of which was crap) to a charity, including that table. I had no idea it was worth anything at all, never mind a bloody grand!
Shame, they're lovely. They were antiques and collectibles of the future for at least a decade but now they've really becoming desirable.
 

Dr. Furface

One small step for man
Shame, they're lovely. They were antiques and collectibles of the future for at least a decade but now they've really becoming desirable.
Hopefully the childrens hospice I gave it to realised it's value and made some decent money out of it.
 

Leafster

From the FRow
Fuck - my mum had one of those tables. She died in 2015, and I gave all her furniture (most of which was crap) to a charity, including that table. I had no idea it was worth anything at all, never mind a bloody grand!
I had something similar happen when my mum died. Even though we had someone come in to value the house contents they didn't attach any value to the G-Plan and Ercol furniture. They did say there were some nice pieces but they weren't worth anything.

I attempted to give them to charity as none of the family wanted them but even the charities turned their noses up at most of the pieces and said they couldn't sell them!

In the end, an urbanite had one piece and a friend took the bureau just like the one Idaho posted above. I've kept the Ercol dining table and chairs as I hated the idea of them being thrown away.
 

bubblesmcgrath

Well-Known Member
Not sure of the chairs origin. Might be Danish. I got a load of really good nick gplan units from charity shops. This kind of stuff:


All solid teak. Antiques of the future.
Grew up with lots of g plan furniture. Hated it in the 80's /90'but now I love it. It's really well built and looks very good in a modern setting. I have the sideboard, table and chairs, book shelves, wall presses. I also have a sitting room suite made Crannac, an Irish company.....originally it was covered in bright orange tweed. I'm getting it reupholstered by a friend..Bought a huge amount of oatmeal coloured tweed on eBay a few years ago for £30.... with that suite in mind..
. It should look very well when finished.
My dad never threw anything out..thankfully.

Another find I got about 15 years ago...is a German adjustable work stool from the thirties....its unusual because it has a back too.... I gave it to my dad. I recently saw one similar for $500 online.
Got it for €20.... and that after a haggle. I'll see if I can get a photo of it next time I'm in his workshop...
 
We have these chairs in one of our campus libraries. They're uncomfortable and horrendously ugly, but someone decided that they'd be worth spending a fortune on after the refurbishment :)

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