I´ve made quite an interesting find these days. A couple of Aluminum chairs, sold for almost nothing. What interested me at first was the fact that being that cheap, I could use one to disassemble and investigate them a little. And see if I could manage to reupholster one, given that everybody says they are quite unique in that aspect. Strangely, after removing dirt, they turned out to be in very good shape in regards to finish and upholstery, but were in a pretty bad condition structurally.
They came with very uncommon upholstery. As I discovered later the chairs belonged to Northern Telecom of Argentina, so I guess it is a custom made fabric or at least a corporative choice. Although I sensed a kind of 80´s bus seat vibe at first, i ended up liking it a lot. So I decided to keep it. I am still dismantling it out of curiosity.
It is actually the first time I see one of these in person, so my first question is: Do you think they are original, Herman Miller pieces? I assumed that coming from such a big company as Northern Telecom they would be. Herman Miller had, and still has, a distributor here in Buenos Aires: Colección Herman Milller. There are no labels or marks in the aluminum frame.