Dude, we got a Dux.

12 Sep

“Folke Ohlsson moved to the US from Sweden in 1953, and established DUX, Inc. in San Francisco the same year. In 1959 he moved the company to Burlingame, California. His design is generally referred to as “Scandinavian Modern” but frequently gets categorized as “Danish Modern” or “Danish Teak”.

A popular designer of the late 1950s early 60s, and highly collectable, Folke Ohlsson has been credited for creating the concept of knock down furniture, or KD. This is furniture which can be flattened and assembled at its final destination which makes it less expensive to ship.

Folke Ohlsson passed away Oct. 23, 2002.” (via lushpad)

We went to visit writer Rose’s husband, Ben “Squid” Della Rosa’s screenprinting studio Interval Press that had just moved into the Verge Gallery on 6th and S.

They had a rummage sale recently at the Verge Gallery and had some assorted miscellany tucked in the back roped off with caution tape. Of course seeing a collection of old crap I wandered in it’s direction. Between some amusing ash trays and beat up drafting table I saw a bright green chair sitting on a teak base. I of course grabbed my boyfriend to come look at it. As soon as he saw it he said “I think it’s a Dux.” He has a thing for Dux couches, and I could quickly note the urgency in his voice of “mmmehhh I waaaaant it!”

There are large splits in the arm rests where we were told that it was probably due to weather changes and moisture in the air – having the material drying out and shrinking and pulling apart. It is also in need of new strapping below the seat cushion, otherwise you just kind of fall in! The chair was donated by a family who sponsored the gallery and had bought it new in the 1960’s. The fabric is clean and obviously came from a caring home.

It was priced at $200.00, I told Alan to offer $100.00, and they accepted. HURRAH! Chair! I love the color of green so would like to see if some sort of repair can be done instead of completely reupholstering it. I e-mailed a photo to B&T Reupholstery who specialize in Deco and MidCentury furniture and asked if they had any thoughts on the matter and am waiting for their reply.

I can tell he already loves it and is happy to have a chair to put his impression into. Feast your eyes on these other mighty Dux.

Our same style chair in green suede (I like ours more)

9 Responses to “Dude, we got a Dux.”

  1. joemountain September 12, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    I am so glad you guys got that awesome chair! Alan now has a place to rest his butt.
    Also :
    If any of you dear readers are inspired and on the hunt.
    It is a little pricey…but gosh it looks good.

  2. Serene September 12, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    haha its in.. “SACRAMETNO”. You should totes make this its own post!

  3. Jonathan September 19, 2010 at 5:44 am #

    Awesome find!

  4. Mimi September 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

    I just bought a Dux chair at Goodwill. The label say Dux with the Burlingame address. Upholstery is original and in very good condition. I paid $30.00 for it!!! It is similar to yours. Where can I get some info on the different chair styles and dates of manufacture?

  5. Serene September 24, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

    $30.00! Was this a Goodwill here in Sacramento or down the peninsula? I was very very lucky with mine to get a scanned and printed copy (and an extra button, too!) of the model of chair this is. It was listed as model “chair 5124”. I tried looking into it but couldn’t find any info. There was also a manufacturing date on the paper, I can’t remember off the top of my head what it was right now. I’d love to find a Dux catalog, I’ve seen them listed on eBay but they can get pricey.

  6. re-dizain April 1, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

    Nice found!


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