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Arne Norell "Thumb" Chair for Gösta Westerberg, Sweden 1952

Documentation Documented elsewhere (similar item)
Origin Sweden
Period 1950-1979
W. 28.35 in; H. 31.3 in; D. 30.91 in;
W. 72 cm; H. 79.5 cm; D. 78.5 cm;
Seat H. 16.34 in;
Seat H. 41.5 cm;
Condition Good. Newly upholstered in premium bouclé fabric by Dedar.
Creation Date 1952
Description The Arne Norell "Thumb" Chair has a thumb-shaped backrest, that gives the chair it’s distinctive shape and name. This one-of-a-kind curved back with it’s ten tufted buttons rests on four beech wooden legs, with two being slightly tilted and two legs standing straight, enhancing the distinctiveness of the design and giving it a comfortable angle. The chair has been reupholstered in a premium bouclé fabric by Dedar.

Arne Norell (1917 - 1971) started his practice in 1954 with just two employees. In a small workshop in Sundbyberg the versatile designer made the first steps to what would become one of Sweden’s leading manufacturers of seating furniture. Untill this day the business is still family owned, and the family continues to produce a selection of the large oeuvre drawn by Arne Norell.


Presented at the "Önskehemsutställningen" in 1952.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern, Scandinavian Modern
Book References Andreas Siesing, "Svenska möbler - folkhemsform i ull, jakaranda, furu och bok 1949-1970", Atlantis, Stockholm 2015, p 8, advert
Dealer Reference Number #20190241
Incollect Reference Number 336053
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