Posted 7 years ago
For some time now I've been wanting to share here the pictures of the chairs at both our houses, but the inability of taking great pictures of them -you need a lot of space and a good lights set- has prevented me from doing it. So far, the only chair I've shared here is the white fiber-glass stool for children designed by the Spanish designer Jordi Galí i Camprubí in 1966 (http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/85552-stool-jordi-gal-i-camprub-g3-1966?in=collection-1535), and that's because it's a small one.
So... I've made my mind up that that shouldn't stop me from doing it anymore and I'm going to share them using both good pictures from the internet and bad pictures from the same chairs at home. I know it may seem a bit unorthodox but... who isn't a little bit so nowadays?
The first chair I want to share here is the Karuselli chair by Yrjo Kukkapuro, designed in 1964. It's said to have been molded using Kukkapuro's body print in the snow... It was launched at the Cologne Furniture Fair in 1965 and immediately it was understood as a revolutionary chair in its time. Since then, the Karuselli chair has become an icon of design. It was first produced by Avarte, but this factory has just closed down and Artek -under Vitra management- has just relaunched it.
And now comes the story of my own Karuselli chair. At the time I moved to my first rented appartment I enjoyed looking for old furniture on the curb... and this is precisely what happened with mine, only I found it twice ;). I found it for the first time one evening in a construction dumpster covered in dust and bricks from a flat refurbishment works next building, but I was in my way to an elegant party with ex No.2, and I was wearing all black, so I decided I would pick it up once I was back home, but it wasn't there when I came back that night :( About a year later I found it again on the street, as someone from next building was using it to hold the parking place left by his van... as I was approaching my place I saw this guy getting into the van, leaving the space it was on, then he got off the van, took the chair from the back and placed it on the empty space he had just left to hold for the space... weird, isn't it? I immediately felt sorry for the guy because I had already made my mind up to take the chair up with me and he would miss his much loved parking space. Poor, poor guy!
As you can see at picture No.2, the upholstery is not in the best of conditions... not at all! But still it's my Finnish 6516 euros (http://www.finnishdesignshop.com/furniture-lounge-sofas-artek-karuselli-karuselli-chair-blackwhite-p-1925.html) design chair I found on the curb, and i love it! I think I should reupholster it sometime soon though.
Update February 2021
Yes, the chair was reupholstered. It was difficult as I asked a lot of upholsterers and at the end only one had the necessary tool to do it. And it wasn't expensive at all. Instead of the original dark brown we used a black fake-leather fabric and is looking amazing at the studio. Maybe I should take a pic of it and share it here :)