A set of rare and unique mahogany dining chairs from the sixties with grey seats. It carries the label of Harpur's Furniture Galleries.
An article in the "South African Architectural Record" of July, 1953, telling the story of the role that the furniture dealer, Robert S Harpur, played in bringing the "contemporary new design" to South Africa.
Harpur imported Swedish furniture for his shop in Hillbrow round about 1950, and it seems like he was one of the pioneers of this style in South Africa. He also teamed up with the renowned furniture designer, DS Vorster, who became known for his particular African style of modernism, to design and manufacture South African modernist furniture.
The design of the chairs show some consistencies with Vorster's later chair designs. What we can say for sure is that it is South African and unique and lovely.
Condition: Good. Sanded and varnished.
Dimensions: 50 x 50 x 74 cm and 49 cm seat height.