Sunday, January 6, 2013

Stunning Percival Lafer brutalist cocktail table just in, and an after look at how our Cherner pretzel chairs turned out...along with a super nice sofa!

I've had the good fortune lately of having some really nice pieces come to and through the store.
Here's our latest addition:

For your viewing pleasure we have one very sweet Percival Lafer designed brutalist style cocktail table. Made in Brazil probably from the late 60's to early 70's. I've seen more than one description of the woods utilized, but it appears to be made from Brazilian rosewood, mahogany, and either teak or jacaranda. No matter the materials, this is one hunk of gorgeous! Both ends fold inward to fold flat and have steel rods that keep them in place when in upright mode with a glass top that's in really nice condition. 
I seriously considered putting this up for auction, but I love having some really nice pieces in house and if this sits a spell, at least I can admire it for awhile...

The above sofa came from the same person that had entrusted their Adrian Pearsall pieces with me to rehab and sell. Below is how it looked when it came to me and I advised the consignor it would not be an inexpensive rehab!

The upholstery had been shredded by her cats and the original foam rubber cushions were for the most part hard as wood. Worth the recovery? No doubt! The floating back on the solid walnut frame alone would have made it worth the money. The seat pulls forward and drops down for a twin size bed and the walnut arms easily slip out of their support brackets. All new foam and recovered, she's a beauty! Thanks to my upholstery pros for another great job!

Last up is the set of 6 Norman Cherner pretzel chairs by Plycraft that I just had to jump on and rehab ASAP! They were honestly too perfectly gorgeous to sit around and languish. I believe they had been kicking around long enough in an abandoned storage unit that they were seriously looking for some attention!  I'm am honored that they came to me for their resurrection.
These chairs had been recovered at least twice in their life and there was no indication of what they were covered in originally so I had no problem taking liberty in the nubby oatmeal fabric I chose. These are a reasonably easy recover in any event. I had to replace a bunch of incorrect or missing machine screws but the frames were in very good to excellent condition and cleaned up nicely!

The original labels were intact on 3 of the 6 chairs and they appear to have been sold as a set either as dining chairs or for high end office seating.

I'd have loved to keep these for myself or even to look at them for a bit in the store, but they required  a broader audience, so if you just have to add these to your collection, they are up for grabs on Ebay for a couple of more days!

Thanks as always for taking a look!


  1. Wow, you're knocking out the great finds lately! I saw your Cherner chairs on eBay. Someone ought to grab them for that price. It's really a good deal.

  2. Hey Dana, Yes, the furniture gods have been smiling on me lately and believe me, I don't take it for granted. It may be dry as old bones in the future but I'm very thankful for what's come in the door! I put them up for what I consider to be a very good price and I'd be happy with that. We'll have to see what others chime in with tomorrow!

  3. Love your choice of fabric and stain on these. Wish I could have bid on them! I have a question for you. As a furniture rehabbing noob, how difficult do you think it would be to re-fabricate the sliding doors on a Sculptra Room Divider? I've found one in pretty good condition, but for whatever reason, it's missing two sliders. One remains, so I assume I could use it as a template. I own a router, a table saw and a fairly decent set of tools. Seems like the hardest part would be locating the round flush metal pull. Is this something I could tackle on my own? Or would I be better off handing it off to a pro like yourself? Thanks for your opinion!

  4. Finding the walnut vennered ply material the right thickness for the door panels would likely be a big challenge. I've never seen this particular piece in person, but the pulls look like brass cups recessed into the doors and they too would be tough to locate unless you could find another piece that could be cannibilized. At least you have a door to go by. Good luck with your project!