Maria Pergay Lounge Chair
For sale: Lot 13 in a December 13, 2016 sale at Phillips NYC:
Maria Pergay Lounge chair (circa 1970)
Estimate: $15,000 – 20,000
Update: Sold for $30,000
About Maria Pergay
Born in Moldavia, Maria Pergay (b. 1930) opened her first shop in the Place des Vosges in 1960 and designed small objects in silver and special pieces on commission for fashion houses including Christian Dior and Jacques Heim. In 1968, Maria Pergay presented her first collection of stainless steel furniture at Galerie Maison et Jardin, including the now-iconic Flying Carpet Daybed (1968) and Tambour Table (1968). This seminal exhibition established Pergay as one of the most innovative French furniture designers of her time, a visionary who almost single-handedly transformed stainless steel from a commercial industrial material into a principal component of modern furniture.
Pergay has exhibited and has embarked upon significant commissions for Pierre Cardin, the World Trade Center in Brussels, the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, and other esteemed clients. Pergay’s work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
In her 86th year, after a half-century of creation, Pergay continues to surprise both herself and her collectors.
Source: Demisch Danant, a NYC and Paris based gallery representing Maria Pergay.
Algon Lounge Chair by Luca Nichetto
The Algon lounge chair was developed by Luca Nichetto and Arflex simultaneously with the Algon chair, mixing the Scandinavian simplicity with quilted padding. Unlike the Algon Chair that has a strict form, the Algon lounge chair has high sides, which allow you to have the necessary privacy and is perfect for a quiet night conversation or a solitary moment of respite. The Algon name is inspired by the North American Algoquian tribes.
Both armchairs structures are made of molded polyurethane foam. The inner lining can be enriched by a quilt, which gives a pleasant feeling of warmth; The seat cushion is shaped in different density polyurethane.
Found at Arflex
In 1947, a group of technicians based in Pirelli, Italy, began experimenting with new materials and technologies in the creation of cutting-edge, modern furniture. This was the beginning of the Arflex brand, established on the meeting of technology and aesthetic sensibilities, and driven by a high level of research and experimentation. Officially presented to the public in 1951, Arflex quickly gained recognition for their manufacturing philosophy.
(found at Poliform Australia
Lady Lounge chairs by Marco Zanuso, manufactured by Arflex. Winner of the Gold Medal prize at the 1951 ‘IX Triennale’ in Milano. Newly upholstered with deep blue velvet upholstery.
Sold by 1stdibs dealer Decade in Milan where I found it.
Via Julia, who mainly posts on our FB page: The 737 Cowling Chair by Fallen Furniture:
Created from the engine cowling of an Boeing 737, this colossal, luxurious chair, spins weightlessly, on its highly polished spun aluminium base. Stood in its original orientation, this immense, captivating structure, is the epitome of luxury seating.
Hah take your e-reader and let this chair suck you up as the original. Bye Bye world 😉
Chair Blog is 7,5 years old. This blog might as well be the biggest online chair encyclopedia out there. Is it any surprise that when I need info on a certain chair I first turn to Chair Blog?
Now imagine my surprise when even 7,5 years of blogging about chairs didn’t prove to be enough to return any items on my “Acapulco chair” search. I just had to step in and add this one to the collection!
The brief history memo on the Apartment Therapy website shares the following:
Legend has it that a French tourist was visiting Acapulco in the ’50s and was uncomfortably hot atop a solidly-constructed chair in the Mexico sunshine. Inspired by the open string construction of traditional Mayan hammocks nearby, he designed a chair fit for the modern tropics.
So the first Acapulco chair was produced in the ’50s. It’s usually made of vinyl cords on a metal frame and has most commonly been used as outdoor lounge seating. However, the designers of today have been producing many variations on the classic, changing the shape of the frame and using other materials such as leather and cotton cord. Today the Acapulco chair is successfully used indoors, too.
I love how one can easily customize their Acapulco chair by using their favorite thrown on or a pillow or even by weaving over it. Search for the Acapulco chair on Pinterest, find your preferred version and you might just fall in love!
N.B. Let’s be fair though and mention that Guido happened to unknowingly add a glimpse of the Acapulco chair just recently. This post from October 21st features Claudia Cardinale posing in a… what appears to be an Acapulco chair! Great minds think alike, eh?
P.S. Yes, I’ve effectively stepped down from being a regular contributor to this beloved online publication a few years back due to a new demanding job (and therefore lack of time). I, however, have continued to help out with the Facebook page whenever I stumbled upon a worthy chair related piece of information.
Images via vtwonen.nl