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Pair of 1960s Leather "Ilona" Safari Lounge Chairs by Arne Norell for Aneby

$8,133.30per set

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Two imposing 1960s "Ilona" lounge chairs by Swedish designer Arne Norell. In cognac leather of similar shades, they are in excellent structural and visual condition. The deep cushions are extremely comfortable. They are supported on safari-style beechwood frames with hide side panels, held together with leather straps and brass buckles. These chairs have been subtly reconditioned. There is minor wear in keeping with vintage.

Details

  • Creator
    Aneby Mobler (Manufacturer),Arne Norell (Designer)
  • Similar to
    Børge Mogensen (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.68 in. (83 cm)Width: 33.08 in. (84 cm)Depth: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Seat Height: 15.75 in. (40 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Reconditioned.
  • Seller Location
    Shepperton, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4497221583742

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    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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About the Designer

Arne Norell

Arne Norell’s enduring designs mixed leather and metal as well as turned and bentwood in pieces that allowed the natural beauty of these materials to shine. Simple and casual yet sophisticated, his vintage sofas, lounge chairs and other furniture epitomize the Scandinavian modern style that took post–World War II design by storm.Although he created versatile furnishings that promoted comfort along with style, Norell is lesser known than many other mid-century designers, with some of his work produced only after his death. Born in Åsele, Sweden, Norell opened a furniture workshop in Solna, just north of Stockholm, in 1954. In 1958, he established Møbel AB Arne Norell on a farm in Småland. (This region is also the birthplace of IKEA, which opened its first store that same year.) The beauty and tranquility of this location were a source of inspiration.In Småland, Norell created his most well-known designs, among them the Inca armchair with visible wooden dowels and plush leather, the Indra and Ilona sofas and the spare but elegant wood-framed Sirocco chair (1964). For many of his designs, Norell looked to the same military-campaign-style furniture that had, decades prior, inspired the revered Safari chair (1933) crafted by Kaare Klint, a legendary Danish designer and Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts professor who taught the likes of Hans Wegner, Ole Wanscher and others. Like these earlier furniture designers, Norell was committed to making comfortable and practical furniture. Using leather and warm woods as the building blocks of his work, he eschewed glue and screws, instead securing his designs with buckles and leather straps. In 1973, Norell earned posthumous recognition from the British Furniture Manufacturers for his sumptuous Ari chair, a luxurious lounge set on a chrome-plated steel frame with foam cushions covered in leather.During his lifetime, Norell’s work was popular among European interior designers. However, it became more widely known after 1971, when many of his designs were finally put into production. Norell’s furnishings, as well as work by his daughter Marie Norell-Möller and other Swedish designers, are still crafted by hand in the Aneby, Sweden, factory operated by Norell Furniture, which has remained a family-run company.Find a collection of authentic vintage Arne Norell furniture today on 1stDibs.
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