A Rare MCM Plycraft Chair by George Mulhauser

When you hear the name George Mulhauser, there’s probably one or two very distinct chairs, maybe even three that come to mind. But I bet this chair I’m about to show you isn’t one of them!

When I saw this reference to a mystery chair in House Beautiful

Quirky Green Chair

The mystery chair: Frank saw it in an antiques store, fell in love with it, and has no idea who designed it.

I knew I had to write this piece! For that mystery chair was this one I pinned about 17 weeks ago! And at the time I didn’t know anything about it either.

Pinterest via Wool Acorn / From House Beautiful

And then I came across this page on the Suburban Pioneer website.
According to the item description the incredible designer behind this unique chair was George Mulhauser. Who knew? If I had to guess the designer I would have headed towards Norman Cherner.

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Doesn’t the curve of the back and arms remind you of the Cherner armchair? Well the arms minus the artistic scroll!

I love the sassy position of the arms and their scroll. To me  it looks like the chair is standing with its hands on its hips!

Here are a few more of the Mulhauser chairs I was able to find.

I’m not loving the fabric on this one…

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But back in 2008 it sold for $2160!

I don’t mind the striped fabric on this swivel desk chair, but I’m thinking the seat has been reupholstered.

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Notice the seams and button detail? The other chairs don’t have this. Did you notice this chair is also without an upholstered back?

This next chair is not a desk chair, it’s the Mulhauser bentwood armchair.

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See how the style has changed to a round base? This chair is also c. 1965, and in 2008 apparently it sold for $1320.

This armchair has been reupholstered in white vinyl, and it looks like the arm and seat base still need to be reattached.

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Though it’s hard to see from this photo, the vintage ivory lacquer is most likely not original. Can  you see how it’s lightly distressed on the curve of the arms?

How fun is this set?

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It’s a Mulhauser Sultana set, and according to the write-up on Ebay, it’s very rare. The asking price is $6100 US, if that’s any indication of just how rare this set is!

And here’s another set I came across on So Eclectic blog. I love the story that goes with it…

Mary writes:

Look at this patio set. It’s so awesome with it’s lime green chippy paint, unique curvy wood, and the white faux leather.

And then she posts this UPDATE:

I believe that these are George Mulhauser Plycraft Chairs. Which would make them a whole lot more than what they were listed for in the store. Awesome. Wish I would have been able to snag these!

Isn’t that the truth! Sometimes it helps to know what ‘exactly’ you’re looking at! But then you have to decide if it’s cool because you like it, or if it’s cool because you know the value of it. It’s subtle, but makes a difference.

And that’s why it’s so much fun to write these posts. I learn, and in turn try to share some of this with you! It makes thrifting and antiquing that much more interesting… you know, to have a little knowledge about some of the things you might stumble upon. And these Mulhauser bentwood pieces are a great example of that.

Did you know this chair was designed by George Mulhauser?  Have you seen it before?

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xo

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Comments

  1. Yes, I have seen this chair before. I could have sworn I’d pinned it too, but when I went to my chair board it wasn’t there! Weird. So now it will be…repinned via Sheila! :) I’ve always thought this chair looked like a Ram’s head, go figure. I prefer the round base and un-upholstered back and finish of the first picture. I love how you’ve called the arm position “sassy”! Haha!

    • I always think about you when I do chair posts, and I’m not surprised you know about this one! I’m with you on the Ram’s head – I totally see that… this is a chair that I think is very cool for it’s artistry, but it’s not one I would see in my home. No… that one for me is still the Cherner armchair. Love that chair!

  2. I haven’t seen this so new to me. I thought ram’s head too when I saw the detail on the side.

  3. I love chairs and this one is so beautiful over centuries a chair was always a designer and furniture makers pride.

  4. This is a new chair for me. Thanks for the introduction Sheila!! My first thought when I saw it was “ram horns”… just like Meesh ;-) There’s definitely something special about the chair but it’s not my favourite mid-century modern piece; I prefer more clean lines.
    Another terrific post, Sheila!!!
    Victoria

  5. ooooh I’ve never seen these chairs before and I have taken several interior design classes and not one of them introduced me to this. It looks like it’s got curly hair. I couldn’t wait to see Meesh’s comment on this “sassy” chair. I love seeing things I’ve never seen before when it comes to interiors/furniture. Thanks for the intro!

  6. I’ve never seen this chair before either! Total ram head in my opinion. I think of Meesh anytime I see chair pics! Haha!!

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