Sonja Wasseur-Pair of “Grass Hopper” armchairs with reclining backrest in leather, wood and chrome, circa 1960/1970

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What I like

I like the rare shape of these “Grass Hopper” armchairs by Sonja Wasseur, extremely typical of the 1960/1970s: the shape of the armrests, forming a triangle, is very innovative. Their very low seat, the warmth of patinated leather combined with dark stained wood combined with the shine of chromed metal make them an innovative creation from the 1960s/1970s.

I also appreciate the refinement of the interlaced leather stripes, like an embroidery, at the top and bottom of the seat and backrest, as well as on the head cushions: not too much or too little: just what is needed to make elegant seats.

I also like the possibility of modifying the inclination of the backrest in a simple way, which allows you to adjust their comfort as you wish.

I love the warm patina that these armchairs have acquired.

I like the work of this Dutch designer, who designed a certain number of armchairs, each very different, but sharing these topics: Backrest, a beautiful leather, tainted wood, chromed metal.

Finally, their rarity is for me an asset: you are not likely to see them at your neighbors!

Technical description

Sonja Wasseur for Wasseur Studio- Amsterdam- Pair of “Grass Hopper” armchairs.

Pair of large low armchairs with reclining backrest in brown/black stained wood and leather and chromed metal tubes. The wooden frame is made up of two inverted V armrests connected by two horizontal crosspieces maintaining a very wide seat continuing to form a leather backrest, a tubular metal structure allowing the backrest to be tilted. A leather band at the back at the level of the kidneys ensures the comfort of the seat and retains a small rectangular head cushion. The top and bottom of the leather piece as well as the small adjustable head cushion are adorned with an interlaced leather braid pattern.

Hinges marked Emelite.

The Netherland, circa 1960/1970.

The head cushions and the straps holding them redone.

A slightly short back band.

Due to small differences in the form of the holes in the armrests, conceived to allow the metallic structure to move, as well as the way the brown armchair is painted, it may be a prototype and a more refined version of the “Grass Hopper”.

Dimensions and weight

Height: 68 cm – Width: 85 cm – Depth: 102 cm

Weight: 25 kg each

Mix & Match

This generous pair of “Grass hopper” armchairs designed by Sonja Wasseur will happily surround the coffee table by Julien de Covemaeker alias Juliette Belarti, whose top with an abstract decor in the same brown/black and bronze shades will echo the beautiful patina of the leather. We can, staying in the same 1960s, associate our armchairs with the tapestry by Daniel de Linières “Vent d’été”, very typical of those years with its greige background, with small colored abstract patterns.

Jean de Lespinasse’s ceramic vase with asymmetrical decor, also very dated 1960, will bring its blue touch to your interior.

Of course, as an accompaniment, we can consider very contemporary sofas, but also why not Scandinavian seats like the Kroken armchairs by Ake Fribytter, which also combine wood and brown/black tinted leather.

The coffee table in bamboo and steel marquetry attributed to Willy Rizzo, can illuminate our armchairs in a refined and minimalist way with its beautiful sand palette.

In short, our armchairs are quite precisely designed and their materials are beautiful enough to enter many worlds!

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The designer

Sonja Wasseur is a Dutch artist, who designed armchairs in the 1960s/1970s. All different, they favor a very pure, modernist line, and great comfort thanks to their wide leather seat and adjustable backrest. It often uses the same materials: very beautiful tinted leather, tinted wood and chromed metal tubes. Each time a unique, very modern seat appears.

The editor

Sonja Wasseur edited her creations herself, thanks to Wasseur Studio- Amsterdam, at a small scale.

A beautiful authentic pair of armchairs at a fair price

This pair of “Grass hopper” armchairs has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of the design, guarantee of a valorization of your new acquisition in your interior and of an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to agree and to mix to create a unique decoration.

Buying vintage furniture is surely a reasonable investment, so great is the appetite for the 1960s/1970s.

Finally, buying vintage furniture preserves the resources of planet earth.

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Weight 25 kg
Dimensions 102 × 85 × 68 cm


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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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