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Posted 4 years ago

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We were given these fantastic fiberglass chairs 20 years ago by a friend who was getting rid of things from her father's estate. At the time, we fixed them up by applying polyurethene to the fiberglass spray painting the frames. They were very dull and worn looking before that. There is no mark or label on them anywhere and we've always wondered where they came from.

Mystery Solved

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  1. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 4 years ago
    Graphic6, let me look around but I think have have fabric piece with the design on the right chair on it. LOL Dave
  2. singlecell, 4 years ago
    Chairs attributed to Greta Grossman for Chemold circa 1950's
  3. graphic6, 4 years ago
    singlecell--that is awesome, thank you for the information. Did you know this from experience or is there someplace you looked this up? Just curious about other pieces I have. thanks!
  4. singlecell, 4 years ago
    graphic6--picked up the knowledge in my online travels. Been admiring this kind of furniture for a while now. I should note however, that upon further research, it looks like Greta Grossman's estate has recently denied her involvement with these chairs. They were still made by Chemold though.
  5. graphic6, 4 years ago
    I found a site that has two of the chairs, or did in July 2010. Here they had attributed them to Grossman, but now they are attributed to Lensol-Wells. I have never heard of Lensol-Wells and an online search turned up nothing. Anyone know who this is? the site is: http://justinmodern.blogspot.com/2010/07/rare-1950s-chemold-lounge-chairs.html
  6. singlecell, 4 years ago
    In designer George Nelson's 1953 book "Chairs", there is a reference to a chair made by Hobart Wells for Lensol-Wells. It is described as "A plastic shell with a glued-on plastic connector for the metal supporting frame. It is offered in six colors. The piece is lightweight, resistant to flame, water and stains."
    Unable to access a photo of the chair, but maybe we know a designer name now.
  7. singlecell, 4 years ago
    Not your chair, but photo of above mentioned chair:
    http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015013188381;page=root;view=image;size=100;seq=67;num=57
  8. Jonathan Goldstein, 4 years ago
    The Lensol Wells attribution is taken from National Furniture Review, March 1951 page 49 where the chairs are photographed and clearly referenced as to manufacturer. It seems likely the chairs were designed by Hobart Wells as were all chairs produced by Lensol Wells as far as my research has been able to determine.

    As far as Chemold goes, Chemold was a plastics manufacturing firm in Los Angeles in the late 40's and early 50's. The company never manufactured furniture. What they did do was manufacture the plastic seat and back components for these chairs. These components have an embossed Chemold logo in them which I am sure is what contributed to the confusion surrounding the designer and manufacturer of these chairs for so long.
  9. graphic6, 4 years ago
    That is great information. Thank you so much!
  10. seeker1157, 4 years ago
    I want these chairs!

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