Percival Lafer

About a year ago whilst cruising craigslist, I came across a furniture set that I had seen somewhere before. It was leather, and it was $60, and it looked cool. I was remembering seeing one of the chairs in an auction catalog and it had gone for $1500 or something crazy. These came from Brasil which is why they are so rare, they are hand made and they only imported them by catalog to a few vendors in the US. If you had a set it was because you had a lot of money and were forward thinking which, to me, makes theses even more interesting. I wonder who thought to purchase them back in 1975? So we reserved a uhaul truck and drove two hours one way to get it. We were super excited after loading it up and then holding in our joy until we could drive down the road a ways to get out and really lok it over. The beauty of craigslist is that everyone wins, the seller is happy to get rid of it, and we can celebrate finding something super cool. Well we have been using it as our furniture in the den area where we listen to music and entertain (there is no tv). Recently we have decided that we want something that is more cohesive with the rest of the house so it is for sale. I honestly thought it would sell rather quickly but it has been kind of slow going, probably because of condition issues. The other interesting part is that they didnt use any glue or nails, it is held together by a couple of screws, but mostly by straps and dowels. The leather part comes out and is rubber covered by glove leather. I wanted to post simply to show them off, but if you want them let me know.


Anonymous said...

very cool. you could re-condition the leather and try to sell on ebay. You are more likely to find a buyer there who is familiar with these.

Anonymous said...

would you like to sell the lafer set ?
I live in palm springs ,ca and would be interested
ps -- cool site !!!!!

chloe_l_e said...

Hi, I'd be interested to buy this lafer set if it's still available.

Please email me @

Thamks :)

Anonymous said...

I found something that worked great on these exact chairs. I found 2 identical chairs, and gently rubbed a diluted thai tea mix into the leather. It was amazing, the wear just blended right into the background. Looks like it dissapeared! I'd only do this for this exact orange color leather.

Did you sell them? For how much, if you don't mind my asking?

Ashley Thornton Sanden said...

I have the same set from my grandmother in excellent used condition. It doesn't fit our d├ęcor, so I am also thinking of selling it and would be interested to know how much you asked for your set?

Anonymous said...

Love Lafer pieces...our family has several..does anyone know of a West Coast upholstery place that specializes in this line...a couch needs a repair

Unknown said...

My e-address is Thanks.