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    Posted 11 years ago

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    There are no markings on this chair. It appears to be Danish in design but I could be wrong. Any ideas guys? Any input appreciated!

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    1. sodapoprocker sodapoprocker, 11 years ago
      Further research has led me to believe this is by Ilmari Tapiovaara? Your thoughts?
    2. AmberRose AmberRose, 11 years ago
      First thought when seeing pic was Tapiovaara!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 years ago
      The nam that I thought of first. I'd only seen black wood version, though and without the rattan. It's a stunner! A keeper!
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 11 years ago
      eye why would doubt that attribution for ? it looks just like it ? I have to agree with everyone else.
    5. sodapoprocker sodapoprocker, 11 years ago
      I saw that one on eBay. It's my understanding that Nakashima is the name of the style. Not the designer.
    6. sodapoprocker sodapoprocker, 11 years ago
      This is definitely not a valet chair. The top is angled the wrong direction. The connection with tapiovaara is that I have seen others online sold as such. Especially the black wood version Sean spoke of.
    7. sonnarosen, 9 years ago
      I agree on Tapiovaara.
      Finland 1950's "Dr. No" Ilmari Tapiovaara Wicker Rocking Chair.
      I think taht's the one. Beautiful chair. Congratulations.
    8. Kemlex, 4 years ago
      Until the last several weeks, Tapiovaara was the accepted creator of this
      'Dr. No" rocker. The pendulum has swung, however. There is no doubt that this chair is consistent with his designs - perhaps a variation off of his iconic Mademoiselle rocker. But three things argue against this attribution: (1) The stretchers between the legs. A very conventional 4 stretcher pattern. Tapiovaara never used it. If he needed more than 2, he used an H pattern. (2) The spindles. They taper sharply at the ends to terminate into smaller holes drilled in the seat. Tapiovaara was to his core an advocate of making quality furniture available to the masses. Efficient industrial production of top quality was his guiding star. His spindles, untapered at the ends, glued into holes the same diameter in the seat. He used a backer piece affixed to the underside of the chair to terminate them. Simple, uncomplicated to do, and exceptionally strong. He would not have varied from this to make this rocker. (3) Tapiovaara is a national hero in Finland. His work is exceptionally well documented. No museum collection, retrospective, or biography shows this chair. So who did design it? Jonathan Jay Goldstein, who hosts the George Umanoff page on Facebook, unequivocally attributes the chair to him. He states it was made by Washington Woodcraft, a New Jersey furniture company, in the 1960's. Corroborating info has been hard for me to find. It would be an homage piece for Umanoff, who generally did work with wood slats or woven fiber ("twisted paper") cord on iron frames. But I have read enough of Goldstein's attributions to trust his expertise.

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