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    Posted 8 years ago

    austrohung…
    (585 items)

    These I got in 1996, almost two years before I moved into my first appartment and I was still living at my parents'. My sister-in-law saw them at a furniture store -one of those huge ones in the middle of a road I never would have gone to because I cannot drive-. I remember she told me she had seen “some of those black chairs you like so much” and they were very cheap as the store was on clearance. As i don't trust anyone's opinions about what i like or I don't (sadly they have often proved wrong when giving me some present...) I showed her the Mackintosh chairs and she said those were the chairs...

    The very next day after work I went to a fancy design furniture shop and asked for the price of them... around 130000 pesetas each (whih translates into something around 780 euros)
    A couple of days later we drove there and I could buy them for such an amazing price, around 30000 pesetas (180 euros). Nowadys, the Cassina Hill House chair (the ladderback chair) is selling for 1700 euros).

    The Hil House chair lives in the bedroom and is the one where i used to leave my day worn clothes. On pic 4 you can see ita back againts my bedroom's white and yellow net curtains. The Argyle chair (the one with the big oval on top) presides the dining table (see pic No.3) and, of course, I sit on it everytime I have guests. Makes me feel important (although after seen The Ghost Menace it makes me feel more like queen Amidala :/ )

    I guess they date from the late 80s or early 90s.

    The original chairs were designed in 1897 (Argyle chair) and 1903 (Hill House).

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    Comments

    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      So sculptural! A classic!
    2. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks vet! It's a pity they are re-editions... wish they were originals!!! :)
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      I reckon you are 'born into' the originals by this stage!
      Or
      Very deep pockets instead.
    4. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Modern regal elegance!
    5. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks geo and racer!!!

      LOL, those deep pockets I'd love to have :)
    6. solver solver, 8 years ago
      Fabulous chairs! My eyes could never miss this thumbnail on the CW site and obviously you have a great eye for selecting chairs.

      As you stated, your chairs are by the famous designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Glasgow 1868-1928).

      The first one is commonly referred to as the "Argyle" chair, designed circa 1898-1899.
      Source: Charles Remmie Mackintosh Society
      http://www.crmsociety.com/Work.aspx?NavPage=50&WorkId=12

      Source: Powerhouse Museum, details about the construction.
      http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/?irn=168257

      The second one, the "Hill House" chair, was designed circa 1904. The "Hill House" in Helensburgh, Scotland, was designed by Mackintosh. In addition, he designed almost every decorative aspect and furnishings for the house.
      http://www.emilyageller.com/project/hill-house-chair/

      About The Hill House:
      http://www.nts.org.uk/property/the-hill-house/

      Charles Rennie Mackintosh biography:
      http://www.crmsociety.com/crmackintosh.aspx

      Isn't it fun to be so eclectic.
    7. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      so stunning!!
    8. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks Sean and Solver.

      Last Summer we visited Glasgow and it was great to see most of the Mackintosh buildings and quite a lot of his designs. I've been crazy about his work since I was 20 or so, so having the chance to see them in person was amazing :)

      Thanks for your loves valentino, agh, mike and kerry!
    9. Katzl Katzl, 8 years ago
      Wow!!! I adore your chairs!!! Fantastic..!!!
    10. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks Katzl!!!
    11. solver solver, 8 years ago
      austrohungaro, I thought of you after I read the devastating news about the fire that has destroyed the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow School of Art. Most important, all were evacuated and nobody was hurt. I hope this was one of the buildings you saw last summer.

      From the BBC:
      http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-27541883
    12. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      I know it may sound stupid, but I'm devastadted. I'm actually crying at the sight of the images. The library is in the area most affected by the fire, as was the room displaying all the furniture. I hope they've been able to save some. So sad!
    13. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks for loving it Belle Epoque!!!

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