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Fritz Hansen of Copenhagen have been manufacturing the Swan Chair along with the Egg Chair since their conception in 1958.
The Victorians started to think about fluid lines in the development of Iron-back chairs, but it wasn’t until the Modernists started playing around with mouldable foam in the 20th Century, that the form of furniture could start to take on these futuristic structures.
A refurbishment like this involves carefully stretching, snipping and gluing the leather to form it over the injection-moulded base, lined with a skinny foam. It certainly tests the nerves – most likely stretched and fitted by a machine in the factory. The curves at the nape of the back are markedly more challenging than any of the curves on the larger Egg Chair. The hand-sewn finish makes the job time consuming but extremely satisfying.
The warm tan of the leather hide from Crest fits well with the chairs Mid Century origins. The Legacy range is classed as a pull-up leather, which is a finishing technique found in all end uses of leather. It’s what gives the rich two-tone depth, varying in colour as it’s stretched.