Stunning, attractive set of eight dining or side chairs by French designer Pierre Cardin for Dillingham are of mid-century form, sophisticated and elegant with tall back over heavy chrome frame, with a brilliant polished finish. Fantastic and beautifully crafted, retaining original upholstery each frame is completely surrounded in thick vivid luxurious Mohair upholstery. The seats and back rest are of thick foam, lending comfort and support necessary to enjoy these chairs on a daily basis, very minor wear to chrome virtually in perfect condition. Upholstery is in good condition, no tears in fabric. Structurally sound very best quality, materials and workmanship. These sleek dining chairs are marked and dated for ensured authenticity. With manufacturer’s label beneath the seat (for Dillingham MFG, Co. Dated 1976). Great modern form, an icon of 20th-century design, Milo Baughman Style, an excellent set with elegant form. Sold as set of eight.
Condition Report: Original upholstery; no tears in fabric, structurally sound and very comfortable seating. Chrome finish with some light wear.
Creator: Pierre Cardin (Designer) Dillingham (Manufacturer)
In the Style Of: Milo Baughman
Place of Origin: United States
Period: 20th Century
Materials and Techniques: Upholstery, chrome finish
Wear: Wear consistent with age and use
Measurements: 37.50” tall x 21″Wide x25″Deep x seat height 18″
About French designer Pierre Cardin
Best known for creating groundbreaking fashion designs from the 1950s onward, Pierre Cardin has enjoyed great success in other design fields, most notably furniture. Cardin’s chairs, cabinets, tables and other pieces share many of the keynotes of his clothing designs. They are simple, geometric, elegant and cool.
Cardin was born in a village near Venice, Italy, and raised in central France. Always interested in fashion, he left home at age 17 to train with a Vichy tailor. After the end of World War II, Cardin moved to Paris and worked for a succession of couture houses, before taking a job with Christian Dior in 1946. Cardin went solo in 1950, and quickly won attention for his novel style. Unlike Dior’s famous New Look, Cardin’s clothes de-emphasized a woman’s curves; his breakthrough pieces like the Bubble dress had, instead, a sculptural quality. In the following decade, Cardin introduced bright tunic dresses and shifts, marketed as the Space Age look and accessorized with vinyl hats and visors.
In the 1970s Cardin expanded his design work into furniture, jewelry and automobiles. (Later, licensing agreements would put Cardin’s name on goods ranging from perfume to sunglasses.) Cardin’s furniture pieces — inspired, perhaps, by the rediscovery of Art Deco design in that decade — feature simple, symmetrical forms, lacquer and figured veneer finishes, and accents in metals such as aluminum and brass. Whether you are looking for a vintage cocktail dress or a chest of drawers to keep it in, as you will see from these pages, Pierre Cardin offers an option in either that is timelessly chic.