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1960s Mid-Century Armchairs by Jaroslav Šmídek

US$2,795per set

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Produced in the former Czechoslovakia, this pair of armchairs from circa 1960 are re-upholstered with an updated neutral fabric, chosen to compliment the elegant polish of the hardwood frame. Comfortable angles and clean lines are designed to comfort and delight. Attributed to Jaroslav Šmídek these re-upholstered hardwood chairs are typical examples of the “Brussels” style popular in the former Czechoslovakia during the mid to late 20th century. Influenced by the postwar fashions established at the international Expo 58, the dynamic forces of Modernism met the stark reality of post-war necessity, producing a simplification of form, boiled down to a striking beauty.

Details

  • Creator
    Jaroslav Smidek (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 86.11 cm (33.9 in)Width: 57.92 cm (22.8 in)Depth: 84.08 cm (33.1 in)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    High Point, NC
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 256051stDibs: LU5280229558122

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    Ships From: High Point, NC
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Jaroslav Smidek

The son of a furniture dealer and upholsterer, Jaroslav Smidek, like Jan Vanek and Jindrich Halabala, was born into the trade. Growing up, he helped out in the family workshop, where he learned his father’s craft.

Although he trained as an architect, Smidek quickly turned to industrial design, developing Montisektor furnishings, a line of pieces that could be assembled at home from prefabricated parts, in 1956 for VNP — a significant advance in Czech furniture production.

But it is his seating, such as the chairs he created for Jitona in the 1960s, that is most in demand. While his chairs carry a Scandinavian touch, there is no mistaking the gentle elegance of their uniquely Eastern European aesthetic.

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