Midcentury Chair, USA 1970
Original Midcentury chair with uniquely designed Bentwood armrests.
The chair is in original condition and shows signs of wear on the black velvet fabric. This armchair can give any living space a modern accent. You can use it as a lounge chair or in a reading nook as a comfortable accent piece.
Bentwood type of furniture were made by bending wooden rods into the required shape after they have been heated with steam. The makers of the so called Windsor chair used this method of bending wood already in the 18th century But it was Michael Thonet who exploited it for the first time fully in the 1840s.
Michael Thonet, an Austrian cabinetmaker working in Vienna, experimented with designs based on birch rods bent into curvilinear shapes. His Bentwood chairs are among the most successful examples of early mass-produced furniture. They were exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London and were sold in vast quantities throughout Europe and the United States for the rest of the century.
Le Corbusier and other leading designers and architects subsequently revived the Bentwood technique in the 20th century.
The Midcentury chair offered here is an example of the new interpretation of the Bentwood technique of the 1970’s.
The chair measures: Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm), Width: 24.5 in. (62.23 cm), Depth: 31 in. (78.74 cm), Seat Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm). It is in good original condition with some wear and tear.
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