Posted 4 years ago
This is my Fledermaus chair by Josef Hoffmann. Of course it is a Cassina edition. I got it around 1999 at a regular shop price (from the very same fancy design shop I asked for the price of the Mackintosh chairs... I became quite acquainted with Efrén, the owner as I used to go there and have long chats on design with him, although I don't remember he made even a little discount for it... mmmmm :/ )
After rescuing a lot of stray chairs from the street I made up my mind I should replace several of them with good design chairs, but I only managed to do it with this one. The design chairs on my list were a couple of Eames chairs (one of them a RAR, the other one a DAW), a Tulip chair -one of the all upholstered ones- a Womb chair... (after saving money after a couple of years, of course) and a few others... Why did i chose this one? I always loved this design when seeing it on books, plus at the time I bought it I was so obsessed with both Mackintosh and Viennese Secession and as I already had my two Mackintosh chairs my choice of a design chair was such an easy one!
On pic 4 you can see... yes, the same dining room pictures I always share :) As you can see the Fledermaus chair is by the Argyle Mackintosh one. My original plan for a dining room was having six different chairs, all of them black with white washable upholstery, around a black and terracotta red table I made myself using the metal legs I once found on the curb. On the pic you can see just five chairs and the two at the back are two simmilar Art Deco ones I also found on the curb. The other one is an old Mocholí chair, another curb discovery which I painted black -with oil paint... yes, I know it sounds weird, but at the moment I knew nothig about ebonizing wood techniques-. Mocholí was the Valencian furniture company that made all the Thonet style chairs in Spain.