With a structure of palisander wood and a back and seat woven in cane, these very stylish chairs would appear to be more likely Brazilian than Norwegian. The materials and shape (slight tilted back and the curvy arm rests) that give them a relaxed sophistication would typically be something I associate with Brazil. But looks can be very deceiving ….
Designed by Norwegian interior designers Rolf Rastad (1916-1995) and Adolf Relling (1913-2006) in 1954, these chairs not only capture the Scandinavian design ethos to a “T”: simple, comfortable and functional but show a refreshingly sexy sensibility to Brazilian design of the time. What a delicious pair!
Image credit: © Pierre Bergé & Associés, Brussels. Lot 58, Rolf Ralstad & Adolf Relling, pair of “Bambi” chairs, 1954, estimate €5,000 – 7,000. Scandinavian Design sale, 23 October 2011.