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HANDS up if you’ve picked something up from a roadside rubbish pile. Go on, you in the back, I know you have. This roadside pickup came to...



HANDS up if you’ve picked something up from a roadside rubbish pile. Go on, you in the back, I know you have. This roadside pickup came to me. Four Casala chairs and a Werzalit table top with matching tulip base were dumped outside the Girl Guide hall. This table setting wasn’t needed by the hall committee so I brought it home to see if I could clean it up. This was my first attempt at removing possibly 30 years of mould. An online search has revealed the chairs are possibly the Casalino, designed in 1971 by Alexander Begge. I am somewhat stumped, however, by the fact they were made in Australia. Any clues people? And any nifty ideas on how to remove the mould? Liquid sugar soap didn’t get rid of it all and I fear bleach or Exit Mould will strip even more colour from the plastic.

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19 comments

  1. Now that's a fabulous find! No clue on how to remove the mould though sorry.

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  2. I would guess these are a modern remake of the classic reeditions rather than the originals. Hence the 2007/ 2008 model numbers?

    http://www.architonic.com/1049414

    I may be wrong though! They are great looking either way.

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  3. I wondered at the model No. too, but there's another stamp that didn't photograph as well that says 1975. The plastic is super heavy and very well worn. More than a couple of years old I am guessing.

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  4. Those yellow chairs are amazing!

    I've left you an award on my blog. :)

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  5. Awesome chairs!
    have you tried orange cleaner like
    http://www.orangepower.com.au/index.shtml? I find it good for removing yucky stuff.
    Vic

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  6. Amazing chairs! Such a great shape.

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  7. WOW! What an awesome find. SCORE AND MORE! Love those chairs. Woop woop!

    I use white vinegar to get rid of mould, but not sure it's going to help on the plastic.

    So excited by your stellar find!

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  8. try some baking soda and vinegar they pretty much clean anything and they are easy on the earth yay!

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  9. My hand is up - I'm guilty of picking from local hard rubbish piles. In fact hard rubbish is happening in my neighbourhood right now and I am trying to contain myself. Your chairs sure are BRIGHT!

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  10. I'm so excited for you! What a score!
    I love chairs! If we lived in a bigger apartment, I'd have a Chair Room.
    My luckiest rubbish tip find is a white Ron Arad Tom Vac in near-mint condition. I cleaned it with a thick paste I made from bi-carbonate soda and water but I don't know if it'll work on mould. x

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  11. I would jump straight to the exit mould here. can you patch test in an inconspicuous area? Love the design..

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  12. not sure but these are lovely! maybe dilute bleach in lots of water??

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  13. Fab find Kate! I grew up with Casala chairs at our kitchen table. They were the same but without the arms and in white. My parents bought them in the 70's.
    I'll put my hand up - I'm not ashamed to pick up something interesting from anywhere, roadside included.

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  14. What an awesome find!! Those chairs are brilliant. There's a good website on removing mould here:
    http://www.mdsdog.com/mildew-removal-and-prevention.htm

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  15. No Way!!! Thse are great. I will check out my green book when I find it for mould:)

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  16. I'm just pea green Kate, great find - and for nicks!!

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  17. Oh my Lordy! What a DOOZY of a find! That's it, we need a club.

    (I was so disappointed to hear on ABC radio this morning, people calling in to say where hard rubbish collection was on - every man and his dog will be on to it!)

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  18. Now, hopefully you'll come back to this old post... but for mould the only way to go is with Oil Of Cloves - Shannon Lush swears by it. Find it at the chemist - a few drops in water, spray it, leave it, then wipe it off. It actually kills the mould spores rather than just colouring it white a la exit mould etc.

    Good luck they're a fabulous find, and what a happy colour!

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