a pair of Swedish Grace chairs, Nordiska Kompaniet, Sweden ca 1924, from the cinema "Skandia-Teatern" Stockholm.
The black lacquered wooden base with curved front legs and armrests, secondary upholstery with velvet. Height 92 cm, seat height ca 45 cm.
Wear, recently reupholstered.
150 000 - 200 000 SEK
14 465 - 19 286 EUR
Holmdahl, Lind, Ödeen (ed), "Gunnar Asplund Arkitekt 1885-1940", Tidskriften Byggmästaren, Stockholm 1943, se pp 48-49.
Skandia-Teatern on Drottninggatan 83, in Warondellska huset, was opened on the 13th September 1923.
In the literature, the cinema designed by Gunnar Asplund has been mentioned in only positive terms. The cinema room is referred to as "pure poetry", "rich in radiant and beautiful details". The armchairs stood in the cinema room, in the lodges on the balcony.
Architect Gunnar Asplund's drawing for these cinema chairs is dated January 4th 1923, revised Jan. 19th (see enclosed drawing from Ark Des). In the Nordiska Kompaniet's archives the drawing for this model is probably the one dated October 7th 1924 and called what translates into "Freestanding Cinema easy chair".
The drawing (now in the archives of ArkDes, Stockholm) for these chairs by Gunnar Asplund is dated Jan 4th 1923, revised on Jan 19th.
In the Nordiska Kompaniet's archives, where the chairs were manufactured, the drawing is dated Oct 7th 1924 and the model is called "Biograffåtölj fristående" (Cinema Easy Chair- freestanding).