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Can anyone ID this chair? - 60's orange vinyl

Postby ofofhy » April 4th, 2008, 3:16 pm


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Hi, first post here. Below you will see photos of a chair I rescued from a dumpster about five years ago. It has been my office chair while, and I would like to recover the chair. It is currently covered in orange Naugahyde, and I am considering some other options.

The chair came out of a building that was full of Eames chairs (I have four of them on swivel bases in my lab - orange too) and other Herman Miller mid-60's industrial/office furniture. I have also seen older Knoll stuff lying around, too.

View of the seat:
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Bottom is black plywood covered with thin cardboard:
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Brackets stamped with "JG" in a circle:
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The legs appear to be solid aluminum rods with feet like this:
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Just curious to see if anyone knows who might have designed or produced it. I can't match it with anything that I have seen from any of the major manufacturers/designers of the time.

Thanks.

Postby jknodell » April 4th, 2008, 4:01 pm

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...Perhaps a Saarinen knock-off?


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Postby ofofhy » April 4th, 2008, 6:23 pm


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jknodell wrote:...Perhaps a Saarinen knock-off?



That's what my wife and I have been thinking. It doesn't quite have the geometries of a true Saarinen, but it definitely looks "inspired by" his chairs.

Postby J6Studios » April 4th, 2008, 10:38 pm

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On this site there is a mention of a J.G.Furniture.

Maybe that's what the JG is from.

http://www.danieldonnelly.com/

Postby ofofhy » April 5th, 2008, 12:13 pm


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J6Studios wrote:On this site there is a mention of a J.G.Furniture.

Maybe that's what the JG is from.
I was able to locate a few web hits on a JG Furniture Systems in Quakertown, PA. It seems they did produce office systems and furniture around that time, but it appears to be out of business now.

Postby rkuchinsky » April 5th, 2008, 3:05 pm

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i dont know the chair but looking at the underside construction looks a like a cheap period contract furniture chair common to department stores and the like of the time. likely 70's more so than 50's/60's of the originals i'd say. saarinen influence perhaps but nothing really of much value. still, perhaps would be OK with a reupholstery.

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