what’s the difference?

I often find myself having the conversation with clients regarding vintage vs. re-issued furniture.  Frankly, each have their merits.  Assuming the vintage piece, in this example a swivel chair (left image), is usable and from a coveted maker, it will most likely increase in value, something to consider particularly if the client is interested in building a larger design collection.  Vintage pieces are harder to find at a drop of a hat and are in most cases, more expensive.

Official re-issued pieces (image right) have their advantage when it comes to price and availability and elements like the wood or seating can be customized to fit the space it will inhabit. In both cases, the beauty of the lines and design can be appreciated.

Hans Wegner is the undisputed master of Danish chair design.  He set out to create usable pieces proving that functional art can not only be beautiful but comfortable.  The Swivel Chair, designed in the 1950s, was uncommon for the Master as the combination of wood and chrome are rarely found in his pieces.
Photo credit left: © Sotheby’s.  The chair is offered in their New York sale on 15 June 2011, lot 110, 
estimate: US$20,000 – 30,000 | sold US$18,750.
Photo credit right: Danish Design Store. The Wegner Swivel Chair starts at US$10,600.