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Pipsan Saarinen & J. Robert F. Swanson, Benches, Steel, Pine Ficks Reed 1949

$4,700per set

About

A pair benches designed by husband and wife duo Pipsan Saarinen Swanson & J. Robert F. Swanson. They were designed by their firm Swanson and Associates as part of the “Sol-Air” line for Ficks Reed Company, Cincinnati in 1949. The line was showcased at the 1950 inaugural “Good Design” exhibition at the Chicago Merchandise Mart, co-sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art. Other furniture designers of the period include Paul McCobb, George Nakashima, Edward Wormley, Charles and Ray Eames, and Harvey Probber.

Details

  • Creator
    J. Robert F. Swanson (Designer),Ficks Reed (Manufacturer),Eva-Lisa (Pipsan) Saarinen Swanson (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Width: 46 in. (116.84 cm)Depth: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)Seat Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Both with lively patina to wood and metal, a few small chips.
  • Seller Location
    West Palm Beach, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3228115644882

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About the Manufacturer

Ficks Reed

Somewhat of an overlooked icon of American design, Ficks Reed was founded by Louis Ficks in 1885 as the National Carriage and Reed Company, a New York purveyor of wicker baby carriages. By the turn of the century, however, the company had moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and, under the auspices of Ficks Reed, began manufacturing furniture with wicker, rattan and bamboo. Over the coming decades, the manufacturer would benefit from an increased interest in Asian imports, as evidenced in everything from the growing popularity of chinoiserie wallpaper and Chinese porcelain to the Japanese influence in Frank Lloyd Wright’s modern architecture. The brand was also bolstered by partnerships with several prominent architects and designers throughout the 20th century, including Paul László, Pipsan Saarinen, John B. Wisner, Paul T. Frankl and Dorothy Draper. Each Ficks Reed partner brought their unique sensibility to the designs — Saarinen’s had skeletal frames while Draper, a largely forgotten decorator and pioneer of the Hollywood Regency style, favored more ornate detailing; László created low-slung seats — but all were rendered in the company’s signature wicker and bamboo. Thanks in large part to the Draper relationship, Ficks Reed furniture has long been a fixture at The Greenbrier and Colony hotels, as well as other luxury properties including the Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton resorts and The Breakers in Palm Beach. In 2006, Draper protégé Carleton Varney continued his mentor’s legacy by debuting a new 20-piece collection for Ficks Reed based on her original designs. A recent resurgence in the popularity of wicker and rattan has given way to newfound demand for Ficks Reed furniture in the secondary market, where original vintage pieces are often refinished, repainted or lacquered to further underscore the textural detail of their bamboo and rattan frames. Find Ficks Reed sofas, tables, armchairs and more at 1stDibs.
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