Local is more than lekker


The amount of beautiful lounge chair designs done in the golden era of Scandinavian design – the 1950’s and 1960’s – are astonishing, not only in Denmark and Sweden but all over the world, even South Africa.
This week we feature three of these chairs.

We only managed to identify the brand of one, the oldest one, by GH Starck Ltd, the company that later became one half of Frystark Furniture. Mr. George Starck, the original owner of the company, is also significant to us at Huisraad Modern, since he was a significant figure in the northern suburbs of Cape Town who made a great contribution. The George and Annie Starck Complex for the aged is merely a few blocks away from Huisraad Modern’s workshop.

A mid-century Starck chair with new Skinny Laminx upholstery


The other two lounge chairs from the 1960’s in the shop today are both exceptional designs and very well made. They are most probably South African. What we know is that all three these chairs deserved to be treated with the prettiest “lap” that we could find, so we sourced fabric from another wonderful South African designer and producer, Skinny Laminx, conceived and run by Heather Moore, here in Cape Town. Even though it is a young company, her designs are already widely known and admired, and the quality of the fabric is wonderful – it is all natural fibre – 100% cotton.
If you purchase one of these three chairs today, you are really getting a whole load of South African excellence – from the past and from right now.


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