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Rohlfs Inspired Desk Chair 2

comments (4) February 27th, 2011 in Reader's Gallery

woodbridge woodbridge, member
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This chair is inspired by the sweeping slender back of a Charles Rohlfs chair.  The back and sides are bent laminations. It is made of maple boards (left over from a kitchen cabinet installation and sitting in a friend's garage for about 10 years) with a walnut centre and trimming on the back. 

Design or Plan used: My own design

posted in: Reader's Gallery, chair, walnut, maple, bent lamination, art deco

Comments (4)

mcgtr555 mcgtr555 writes: you could try a drawing program ACAD or sketchup to get a pretty good picture of it even before you make a mock up or even photo shop and editing programs! ain't technology great?
Posted: 12:44 pm on March 2nd

OldShavings OldShavings writes: I like them both. Like your earlier version a little more. As I look at both, the front legs seem to compete for attention with the rest of the chair...especially its back. That's a shame as the back is quite spectacular. I'm still wondering what they'd look like if the front legs were plainer and clamored less for our eyes' attention.
Posted: 7:23 pm on March 1st

woodbridge woodbridge writes: Thanks. I'll let you know how a different leg style looks when I build the next version. The first version was posted on January 22nd 2011. Any thoughts on which elements you like among the two versions would be appreciated.

Its hard to compete with the orginal which you can see on the Antiques Roadshow website. The original 1910 chair is valued at $80,000 - $120,000. Maybe one day....
Posted: 9:42 pm on February 28th

OldShavings OldShavings writes: Beautiful chair. I'm wondering, though, what would it look like if the front legs echoed the lines of the back? Maybe awful, who knows....
Posted: 11:05 am on February 28th

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