Arne Norell Furniture
Arne Norell Furniture is original furniture created by the Swedish designer Arne Norell.
History & Description
Arne Norell was a furniture designer from Sweden who in 1973 was posthumously awarded “Showpiece of the year” by British Furniture Manufacturers.
Arne Norell was an ambitious designer who throughout his career tried many different material combinations and design techniques. In 1958, he started his own company called Möbel AB Arne Norell in order to manufacture and distribute his own designs and furniture. The company still manufactures many of his designs today, although it now goes under the name Norell Möbel AB.
Two years after his death, Norell was awarded British Furniture Manufacturer’s “Showpiece of the year” for his lounge chair “Ari”, designed in 1966.
Guide for collectors
At present, instances of vintage Arne Norell furniture are quite unusual at auction. Prices tend to range between $1,000 and $2,500 but prices can go as high as $9,000.
A couple of good online sources for vintage Arne Norell furniture are Retro Modern Design and Vintage Seekers.
Collectors should always proceed with caution when purchasing furniture that was initially designed in the 1960s and 1970s as the market is awash with modern-day reproductions and replicas. Collectors should therefore try to attain as much information as possible from the seller in order to verify a vintage item’s authenticity.
Notable auction sales
On October 3rd 2010 at Rago Arts & Auction Centre in Lambertville, New Jersey, a pair of chromed steel and leather “Ari” lounge chairs, designed by Arne Norell, circa 1960s, realised a price of $9,000.
On March 28th 2008 at Sotheby’s in New York, an “Ari” lounge chair, designed by Arne Norell, circa 1966, realised a price of $8,125.
On March 24th 2009 at Wright in Chicago, Illinois, a pair of “Ari” lounge chairs, designed by Arne Norell, circa 1966, realised a price of $8,000.
On March 5th 2006 at Treadway in Cincinnati, Ohio, a pair of “Ari” lounge chairs and ottoman, designed by Arne Norell, circa 1970s, realised a price of $6,000.