It is very well possible that Jean-Paul Gaultier knew of this chair when he designed his “Ben Hur” Chair.
Anyway, the Tecta rep at the 2011 IMM Cologne booth was not aware of the existence of the Ben Hur Chair. He was just swiveling the chair that I wanted to take a photo of and kept standing in the way. Then all of a sudden there came two other photographers who claimed space to take photo’s. The life of a reporter is not always easy. But I solved it by taking a photo of one of the two guys in a D62.
El Lissitzky designed this D62 chair in 1928.
Another term for this type of armchair is Barrel Chair.