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1970’s Original Lee West Alpha Chamber “Egg Chair” made for Krypton Furniture

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As many of our fellow dealers/collectors know, cool stuff is getting harder & harder to find. This is largely due to competition and the difficulty to find items in good condition. I was doing what I usually do, cruising Craigslist when I came across something that made me jump out of my seat. It was a Lee West Alpha Chamber chair!

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We got this chair from another dealer we know named Sam. He is a real nice guy and always seems to find great stuff. As with all items we acquire, we like to know the back story on each piece. Sam told me this was purchased and shipped to Hawaii where it was gently used for a short time and placed in storage when brought back to the mainland. It sat in storage for 20 something years!

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This unit is in amazing condition. All the fiberglass is in fantastic condition, and the upholstery is also in great original condition. Of course, this isn’t just a cool chair but also a sound capsule.

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On both sides of the inside of the chair there are speakers under the fabric. When I was purchasing it from Sam we tested it and the sound was surprisingly good. I could just imagine putting on some Doors and staring out at some black light posters with the glow of lava lamps washing over you.

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Under the chair there are connections to power the speakers. There are two fuses to prevent a surge from frying the wires. I have the original wire harness that I have to attach new ends to.

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I remember seeing this chair in the movie Sleepless in Seattle. I remember a scene where Tom Hanks’ son was up in his room with a friend sitting in the chair and chilling out.

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I know this will just add to the space age feel of the room. I can’t wait to see the Chromcraft set with this chair!

 

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I guess if your stereo laid an egg this is what it would look like!

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It still has the original makers label under the front lip!

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This is the materials tag still attached.

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Another great thing is this chair has it’s original instructions on how to hook it up.

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They have seen better days but I am happy to have them. Maybe these will help someone figure out how to hook the chair up.

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I can’t wait to get this hooked up and rock out!

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Our Alameda Point Antiques Faire Finds

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Mel and I were up at 2:30am this morning getting ready and driving to the largest antiques show in Northern California. We love Alameda because of the size of the faire and the scenic views. You can see the heart of S.F. from almost any point around the faire.  The weather was great today, and added to the enjoyment of the day.

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Here are the fruits of our labor!

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This Craig radio and speakers is really cool. If you look closely, you can see orange plastic behind the speakers and radio. I love the accent of that against the dark wood. We also managed to find the really cool hourglass.

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This super mod plastic clock and calendar was produced by Burwood. We love it’s functionality!

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Here we have an assortment of Murano, Blenko and other cool glass pieces.

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This is a real gem! This will look great with the rest of our space age decor! We love this phone.

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This “Janga” looking piece is a table top puzzle piece from the 70’s.

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These jacks are huge. They are made of resin, thank god because if they were metal I am not sure I could lift them! We purchased these courtesy of FandFVintage.

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Totally Panton Era mirrors! Thanks Tom and Vern!

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Large vintage Kimball bullet planter

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Large abstract geometric lucite sculpture by Van Teal circa 1970’s.

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This interesting piece is also from FandFVintage and will be used as a planter.

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This is a vintage red pod chair. We are unable to find anything about the maker of this piece. I have a yellow chair that will go with this that I cannot substantiate either. If anybody knows the maker, we’d be interested in knowing.

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