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Warren McArthur Pair of Stainless Steel Lounge Chairs and Ottoman Circa 1935

Documentation Signed
Origin United States, New York
Period 1920-1949
Materials Stainless Steel Frame
W. 27 in; H. 32 in; D. 39 in;
W. 68.58 cm; H. 81.28 cm; D. 99.06 cm;
Seat H. 14 in; Arm H. 22 in;
Seat H. 35.56 cm; Arm H. 55.88 cm;
Condition Good. Good. The stainless steel frame is in very good condition structurally all original, the stainless steel tubing could be cleaned and polished if so desired. The upholstery is 50 plus years old and is showing its age in places and should be replaced.
Creation Date 1935/36
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description A pair of Warren McArthur "Arizona Biltmore" chairs and a single ottoman in stainless steel. This is the 2nd lounge chair Style No. 1002 AUR (Arm Upholstered Round) that he designed for the family resort the Arizona Biltmore and is illustrated in the Warren McArthur Corporation 1936 catalog on page 5.

A photo shoot of a stainless steel awning frame for a terrace was the reason for the commission of this unique group of furniture. Union Carbide specified that the frames should be made from stainless steel instead of Warren McArthur's standard material anodized aluminum to emphasis the versatility of stainless steel.
The assembly and installation of the awning along with a complete documentation of the Warren McArthur furniture was 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 in 1936.
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 pair of chairs and the single ottoman are in good condition with noticeable wear to the upholstery which is probably 50-60 years old and needs to be replaced prior to use...
The frame shows wear consistent with age but no structural damage..

There were 15 pieces commissioned in stainless steel for this terrace :
A pair of "Light Lounge" chairs, a three seater couch, this pair of Arizona Biltmore lounge chairs with a single ottoman, a pair of armchairs, a pair of smoking stands, a library table, a side table, and a nest of 3 oval tables.
A smoking stand from this group was gifted to the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.
Styles / Movements Art Deco, Bauhaus, Mid Century
Incollect Reference Number 276020
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