HK Diplomat sofa (Howard Keith) 1970s vintage original, zebra pattern upholstery (UK)

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Designer: John Home

Howard Keith (HK Designs)

Reconditioned Howard Keith Diplomat sofa in original zebra print upholstery.

We are pleased to offer a handsome vintage Howard Keith (HK Designs) Diplomat sofa in very good condition, for sale on behalf of a private client. We have sold many of these sofas in the past and they get whipped up very quickly.

The HK Grand Diplomat sofa is an extremely sought after piece and vintage originals are becoming very rare. This is a grand sofa, with sleek lines and which exhibits a subtle drama.

This HK Diplomat is a vintage original has been reconditioned: the seat pads have been re-filled with new foam. One of the arms has also been re-filled, the other is original.

Covered in the original zebra upholstery.

Very good vintage condition.

2 x matching cushions included (which have new filling).

A couple of marks on the fabric as shown in the photos – no rips or tears or fading.

4 X metal feet.

Original HK label.

This sofa has featured in several high profile fashion photoshoots.

Measurements: 263-268cm (W) x 102-108cm (D) x 62-67cm (H). Seat height 40cm

Price: £6,500 or nearest offer.

Collection from London N16 (buyer to arrange collection and delivery).

Please email us at [email protected] for more details or if you have any questions.

More on the HK Diplomat

Designed by John Home in 1970 for HK Furniture Ltd (Howard Keith), London, the originals have a wooden frame, foam upholstery with textile, often plush covers and usually with chromed cylindrical metal legs. They come in different fabric coverings such as the zebra style pattern, the zig-zag or in stripes, and sometimes in a plain fabric.

The HK Diplomat was quickly considered a classic sofa design and was sold by retailers such as Harrods. The sofa was included in a Classics exhibition at Heal & Son Ltds London store as early as 1981. They were famously owned by Princess Anne as well as Lord Edward Davenport and one was recently featured in Elton John’s private jet in Rocketman.

The Diplomat’s low, modernist sleek lines and deep-set seating make them a well sought after piece.

HK created bespoke furniture for the Queen’s Royal Train and the QE2 cruise liner. HK of London designed furniture for the British Parliament and the Royal Bank of England.

Please email us at [email protected] for more details or if you have any questions.

How we work for items such as these:-
We act as an agent connecting buyers and sellers.
We have not seen the goods in person.
We take no responsibility for the good themselves – we simply negotiate and introduce buyer and seller.
Once agreed, we collect payment from the buyer on behalf of the seller, then we release the address and contact details for you to arrange collection, and hold the monies until you have arranged collection. Once collected we then pass on payment to the seller.
This item may not meet contemporary fire safety standards which were introduced after this item was made.
You may also want to consider recovering or reupholstery.