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Dwell introduces the Harry Bertoia-like Wire Chair


Back in 2007, we featured the Bertoia Diamond armchair, a design classic from 1952 that's still in production via Knoll, retailing for the best part of £1,000. Alternatively, you can go to Dwell and buy the Wire Chair.

Let's be kind and say that the Wire Chair is inspired by the midcentury classic. I'm sure there's a few subtle differences to the designs, but you'll have to look very close to find them.

The Dwell version mixes black lacquered wire with white faux leather for the seating and involves a touch of self-assembly. But it does come at a hugely-reduced price, £149 to be precise. It's available to order now, with stock arriving in February.

Find out more at the Dwell website

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eBay watch: Eero Saarinen-designed Knoll Tulip dining table and four chairs


Big thanks to Matthew for spotting a real gem on eBay – this Eero Saarinen-designed Knoll Tulip dining table and four chairs.

Designed as 'as an exercise in clarifying form', the design of the Tulip table and chairs is still ahead of its time, over 50 years since its debut. This is an authentic reissue, with this particular set issued by Knoll to Cube (Manchester's architecture and design gallery) to commemorate its opening in 1998. The item was later acquired by Graeme Russell, its founding director, who is selling it now.

According to the seller, the table (diameter 920mm) is in good condition with a few scratches, while two of the four chairs are in need of some repair, but are perfectly functional. So not perfect, but at the current auction price of £500 for the set, well worth a bid.

Find out more at the eBay website

Categories / Design and Interiors

John Lewis 60s-style Cadenza leather armchair and sofa


Another retro-styled gem off the high street, this John Lewis Cadenza leather armchair and sofa.

A 60s-inspired design, with more than a bit of Florence Knoll about it, both the armchair and sofa are upholstered in high-quality, heavyweight black hide with what's described as a 'beautiful grain'. There's also that panelled seam detailing on the back cushions and inner/outer arms and polished metal 'sled legs'.

You can see a snap of the sofa over the page, with the price of that at £1,999, while the armchair goes for £1,200.

Find out more at the John Lewis website

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Jens Risom 1940s dining table for Knoll reissued


It celebrates 70 years next year, but the Jens Risom dining table for Knoll still looks every bit at home in the modern house.

It was designed in 1941, part of his original collection for Knoll and all about a natural, understated Scandinavian look – something that has stodd it in great stead all these years.

The Table is available in a choice of clear maple with maple legs or in a walnut finish. You can see it 'in use' over the page for an idea of size, with prices from £1,151.

Find out more at the Lollipop Shoppe website

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1940s Girard Table reissued by Knoll


A new table from Knoll for 2010 – but the Girard Table actually dates from the 1940s.

1941 to be precise (although it wasn't in production until 1945), the work of Alexander Girard, offering an asymmetric shape created by those tubular steel legs with a black powder coating and a top in a choice of walnut, natural oak or ebonised oak.

£622 is the starting price.

Find out more at the TwentyTwentyOne website

Categories / Design and Interiors, Homeware

Graham and Green’s Bertoia-style net chair on sale


Harry Bertoia's classic side chair has a distinctive look which has inspired hundreds of lookalikes. if you like the look and want it at a reasonable price, Graham and Green's own version of the chair is currently on sale.

The original Bertoia design from the 1950s is still manufactured by Knoll from whom the chair will cost you about £300. Graham and Green's version is reduced to a third of the price selling for £100. Certainly worth a look if you're working to a budget. 

Buy it online