HK Diplomat sofa (Howard Keith) 1970s, vintage, recovered (Netherlands)

Designer: John Home

Howard Keith (HK Designs)


We are pleased to offer a very handsome vintage Howard Keith (HK Designs) Diplomat sofa 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 exhibits a subtle drama.

This HK Diplomat is a vintage original and was refurbished and recovered in a gorgeous cream velvet fabric in 2004. The back cushions to the sofa are covered in a matching cream velvet with textured stripe effect.

4 metal feet in excellent condition.

Sofa main back and seat cushions included. Scatter cushions and throws shown in some images not included.

Provenance: Originally bought by the current owners in Oslo in 1978

Measurements: 263-268cm (W) x 104-108cm (D) x 62-67cm (H). Seat height 40cm

In very good condition.

(There is one small area discoloured on the lower front, and a small stain on one of the back cushion as shown in photos).

No visible HK or fire safety labels.

Price: 2,450 euros.

Collection from Rotterdam, Netherlands by prior arrangement (buyer to arrange collection and delivery).

More 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.

The Diplomat’s sister sofa, the Barbican, was 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.

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