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Restored 1960's Herman Miller No1 Hardwood Eames Lounge Armchair and Ottoman

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We are delighted to offer for sale extremely rare and important lightly restored, original, Herman Miller No1 1960's black leather and Rosewood lounge armchair and ottoman This is pretty much the most iconic and well known armchair and ottoman ever made, exhibited countless times, displayed in the V&A, Metropolitan Museum of Art, winners of countless awards these are the simply put the finest suite around The pair have the original leather finish which has nicely aged, the frame is tight and has a wonderful natural flex to it which do doubt is the reason its so comfortable Condition wise, the restoration has been done in such a way to keep all the original charm and patina but make them gallery ready, they will have age and use related patina marks here and there but mostly they are in very fine order Dimensions armchairs Height:- 81cm Width:- 84cm Depth:- 85.5cm Seat height:- 43cm Dimensions ottomans Height:- 44cm Width:- 66cm Depth:- 54cm Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point This item is available for collection from our Pulborough warehouses Condition Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description pertaining to the condition. Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of creasing and wear, we recommend annual waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade.
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