I am constantly talking with clients about vintage vs. re-issued furniture. Certainly each have their own merits. If the piece is vintage as in this example of a swivel chair by Hans Wegner (image left), and is usable and from a coveted maker, it is an investment and will often increase its value. This is important to note especially if the client is interested in building a larger design collection. Vintage pieces are also more expensive because they take more time to track down and can’t simply be ordered online.
Official re-issued pieces (image right) have price and availability to their advantage, and often elements like wood type and seating can even be customized to fit the client’s needs and space it will inhabit. In both cases, the same beautiful lines and quality of design can be appreciated.
Hans Wegner is the undisputed master of Danish chair design. He created usable pieces showing that functional art can be both comfortable and beautiful. The Swivel Chair was designed in the 1950s and is unusual for Wegner as this combination of wood and chrome is rarely found in his work.