Lot 32: THREE PLATNER ARMCHAIRS BY WARREN PLATNER (1919-2006) FOR KNOLL, CIRCA 1970''S
December 4, 2016
Woollahra, AustraliaLive Auction
THREE PLATNER ARMCHAIRS BY WARREN PLATNER (1919-2006) FOR KNOLL, CIRCA 1970''S
Chrome plated steel frame with cushion seat and upholstered back and arm support
Marion Best Pty Ltd, Queen St Woollahra
''Penhallow,'' Castlecrag, 1971
The Collection of Richard ''Dick'' (1913-1989) and Joan Crebbin
''Sydney Style, Marion Hall Best/Interior Designer'', Greenway Gallery Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, July 31 - October 17 1993, cat. no. 30-32
For comparison, Marion Best''s own Platner suite illustrated, Vogue Living, 1968, Babette Hayes and April Hersey, Australian Style, Paul Hamlyn, 1970, pp136-7 and
Catriona Quinn, Sydney Style, Marion Hall Best Interior Designer, Historic Houses Trust 1993, illustrated pp 14, 21, 22
Designed in 1966, Marion Best quickly ordered the Platner armchairs and coffee table for her own home in Woollahra, where they sat in her Marimekko-tented courtyard. This outdoor setting was photographed by Kerry Dundas and featured in the newly launched Vogue Living in 1968, an image that cemented Marimekko, Platner saturated colour and outdoor living as emblematic of Best''s late 1960s ''high style.'' The Crebbins, always adventurous and taking their cues from Best, ordered the same suite in 1971.
Mostly in good order with no faults. One chair seat with marks to the fabric, each would benefit from a deep clean andor upholstering with new padding.
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