Fabulous Mid Century Canadian-Designed Chair, All Original, Exc Condition
We are thrilled to have a superb example of the iconic mid century Canadian design, the "Winnipeg Chair", also known as the "Donahue Chair". This fabulous chair was designed by Arthur James (A.J.) Donahue of Winnipeg, Manitoba, circa 1949. Donahue was a professor at the University of Manitoba, and with the help of his students, created this chair in his home basement. They were subsequently sold in Hudson's Bay department stores across the country, with this vibrant orange being one of the original colours; some sources say only 200 were produced, but this is a myth, as they were in fact made and sold for many years. Donahue was really an architect first and a furniture designer second, and as such, designed many significant buildings throughout Canada.
This particular example of his chair appears to be a very early version, in excellent condition, with its original rubber shocks, custom ball feet, and orange mohair fabric over foam which is still bouncy. The shell is an unusual colour we haven't seen before - a somewhat grey wash stain over birch, finished in a gloss varnish. We've restored this chair without taking away from it's original look, by repainting the legs gold, retouching the black plywood edging, fixing chips in the shell, and deep cleaning the upholstery. There are still signs of wear, and the upholstery will eventually have to be replaced one day, but for now it is in as near new condition as possible.
This is an excellent piece of Canadian design history, and a rare opportunity to own one of these fabulous chairs in amazing original condition. $1695