Fred Lowen shot to furniture stardom with the release of the atomic-styled SC55 armchair in 1955. Three years later the highly-anticipated SC58 cemented Lowen's reputation as a leading light in contemporary design. The organic SC58 exudes the forward-focused post-war optimism of the 1950s. The slender design is distinctly Scandi-Pacific with its refined lines and fluid boomerang-style curves.
These stunning armchairs were a premium offering, produced locally under licence by the Broadhead Bros and sold through leading retailers such as Jon Jansen. They were sold with a lifetime warranty on the frame. It's been over 60 years and we can see they weren't kidding about the quality! Today these armchairs are just as timeless as ever and are the perfect addition to any contemporary interior.
Note: One armchair has sold, we have one available
Each piece is checked and carefully restored at our Kingsland studio workshop. Our focus is preserving the character and patina of the design while ensuring it displays beautifully in a contemporary interior.
- Joints checked and reglued
- Timber cleaned and stains removed
- Veneer repairs if needed
- Surfaces polished / refinished
The items showcased in our gallery are constantly changing – not all items are on display at once.
Please enquire if there is a specific piece you would like to view and we’ll make sure it’s in the gallery.
All pieces are available for collection in person from our Ponsonby gallery. We are also happy to provide a quote for delivery throughout New Zealand.
Single Sleek Fred Lowen 'SC58' Armchair by Fler
Note: We showcase a curated edit from the Mr. Bigglesworthy catalogue. Please contact us to view specific items.
Fred Lowen (Fritz Karl Heinz Loewenstein) was a major influence upon Australian design. As a European Jew born in Germany, Lowen escaped to Belgium just prior to WWII and was evacuated to England in 1940. After being transported to Australia he was reclassified as a friendly enemy alien in 1942 and released to work.
Lowen's manufacturing career began at a lathe when he was asked to make a salad bowl. The bowl was a success and by 1945 he had started a small business as a wood turner selling salad bowls, platters and other items to gift shops.
In 1946, Lowen started a partnership with his close friend Ernest Rodeck, they founded a company called Fler Furniture (a combination of the two partners' initials). The company had a humble beginning, Lowen made turned woodware and Ernest made propelling pencils. Lowen was destined for greater things and by 1948 FLER had entered the furniture market.
Lowen completed a course in Furniture Design & Construction at Melbourne Technical College (RMIT) from 1949-50. He was joint managing director and chief designer of FLER and from mid 1964 took a sabbatical year to undertake Design Studies with Professor Herbert Hirche at Stuttgart Academy.
In 1966 FLER was taken over by Australian Controls. Lowen continued as Design Director of the company for two years but in 1968 he left to start up Twen with good friend Howard Lindsey (later renamed Tessa Furniture). Success came quickly and the company soon received international recognition at the Cologne Furniture Fair and built a strong reputation for well designed high end furniture.