Swede Collection introduced four new chairs to the product line in February. Included among those is this Swedish Rococo chair.
It is an exact copy of a 1790 antique brought back from Sweden. The styling and details were incredible so the decision was made to reproduce it but in American proportions. Because the time to hand make each one is extensive, a small number will be available to the wholesale trade the end of May.
One of the factors Swede insists on is that chairs be comfortable for men to sit on for extended time at the dinner table. We call these chairs "husband happy" or "man happy" chairs. Surprisingly, the curved back splat on this chair is very comfortable. It was made to be both a dining chair and desk chair to be paired with a Swedish secretary.
These are made by master carvers by hand with exacting carved detail on the knees, top back, seat rim, feet and bird's eye on the arm fronts. Even the front stretcher curves. They may appear fragile but are extremely sturdy. Every effort was also made to create a paint finish to represent age where the finish had rubbed off over time. One of the men working on this chair said it was the "sexiest" chair because every inch of it curves in some way, in and out, convex, concave, undulating, etc. I only see two places where there is a straight line. It has curves on the seat rim where the back of your knees fit sitting in the chair. The original designer was indeed a master. I think he would be very proud that his design has come to life again. These chairs are so well built that they are inheritable and will be on this earth at least 200 more years.
The Rococo style may not be everyone's preference but after being around this one, it truly captures your heart. Mr. Swede even likes it.