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THE BEST OF | THE MODERN SYBARITE | What’s the difference?

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.

image credits: Sotheby’s (left); Danish Design Store (right)

The Modern Sybarite

Interior Designer, art advisor and blogger, Richard Rabel brings fresh perspectives on art + design for today’s interior in his blog TheModernSybarite.

Based in New York City, Richard is consistently asked by his clients for advice on art, design and decoration and ultimately provides clients with livable, warm and unique interiors that reflect a 21st century lifestyle based on his rich experience in fine and decorative art of all periods.

A multi-linguist with a ten-year career as a senior director and specialist with Christie’s, the London-based global auction house, Richard has lived in seven countries and has had access to some of the most exquisite and exclusive spaces.  From San Francisco to Mexico City, Sao Paulo to Geneva, Istanbul to Delhi and Sydney to Shanghai, the breadth of his travels has cultivated his eye and contributed to defining his exacting taste and modern aesthetic.
The Modern Sybarite

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    Just can’t beat the character created by history from a vintage piece though. I absolutely LOVE original Hans Wegner…as much as I love shoes…in fact more so! 

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