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Pair of Warren McArthur Stainless Steel "Light Lounge" Lounge Chair1934/35

Documentation Signed
Origin United States
Period 1920-1949
Materials Stainless steel tubing and turnings,
W. 24 in; H. 33.5 in; D. 30 in;
W. 60.96 cm; H. 85.09 cm; D. 76.2 cm;
Seat H. 16 in;
Seat H. 40.64 cm;
Condition Good. The chairs are in good condition with the original decking evident on one. The upholstery was probably replaced in the 1950s and is showing its age.
Creation Date 1934/35
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description A pair of lounge chairs by the Warren McArthur Corporation from the mid 1930s with stainless steel frames.

This chair design is the lead image of the 1936 Warren McArthur Corporation catalog and is referred to as 'The Light Lounge' because of its weight and flexible back. The seat cushion is a sling further eliminating the weight of a sprung Marshall unit typical of most lounge chairs of the era. The standard aluminum framed chair is Style No. 1014 AUR (Arm Upholstered Round) and weighs only 17 pounds. These chairs are noticeably heavier because of their stainless steel frames.

The introduction of a stainless steel awning frame for the terrace was the reason for the commission of this unique grouping of furniture. Union Carbide specified that the frames should be made from stainless steel instead of Warren McArthur standard material anodized aluminum to emphasis the use of stainless steel in the overall installation .
The assembly and installation of the awning along with a complete documentation of the Warren McArthur furnishings were presented in an article in Union Carbide's journal on stainless steel Electromet published in November, 1936.

A single installation view from the same photo session was used by the Warren McArthur Corporation as the frontice photo of an advertising pamphlet published in 1935/36. The McArthur pamphlet makes no mention of this unique use of stainless steel instead starts off with "SMART NEW WARREN MCARTHUR CREATIONS IN ANODIC ALUMINUM....VIRTUALLY INDESTRUCTIBLE AND UNTARNISHABLE..

The lounge chairs are in good condition with typical wear to the upholstery and frames consistent with age but no structural damage..

There were 15 pieces commissioned for this terrace :
A slat back sofa, pair of Arizona Biltmore lounge chairs with a single ottoman, pair of Light Lounges, pair of armchairs, a pair of smoking stands, a library table, a side table, and this nest of 3 tables.
One of the smoking stands from this commission is in the collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA.
Styles / Movements Art Deco, Bauhaus, Minimalist
Incollect Reference Number 245425
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