Unknown wooden chair

Vintage chair, maker unknown

Can anyone identify this chair? Years ago, thinking I would ask a furniture making friend to reproduce it, I took its measurements but then did nothing with them. I’m passing them along in case anyone else would like to try. The chair is extremely sturdy, with no creaking or movement even though I bought it for $20 from a junkyard where it had sat semi-outdoors through a wet Vancouver winter as the “smoking chair”—that’s how the salesman described it, as in: “you’re taking away our smoking chair.” There are many low, armless, midcentury modern wooden chairs in existence but I like this one more than most. Its proportions are perfect and it’s as good from the front as from the back. I believe it’s oak, I have no idea what the cushions might have looked like, and there is no stamp or signature. I’ve had it on Flickr for years but no one has been able to identify it, so I’m starting to think it was locally made or from a very small run. If it’s not an infringement, I hope someone copies it and puts it back into circulation.

Vintage chair, maker unknown

Vintage chair, maker unknown, with measurements

Vintage chair, maker unknown

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4 Responses to “Unknown wooden chair”

  1. taylor Says:

    There is something really really familiar about this chair but I can’t quite figure it out. Do you have any pictures of the underside, maybe there are clues there? I don’t suppose it came with its cushions, they could also be a clue?

  2. LB Says:

    Sadly, there are no markings on the bottom. I’ve inspected it everywhere. And no, it came without cushions. I’ll take a photo of the bottom and add it soon – I think it may once have had springs but now only has an added bit of thin plywood on the seat.

  3. Skip Says:

    This reminds me of a chair that was in the 27 Dresses movie but that one folded. I’ll email a picture where you can see how the cover/seat was assembled

  4. mad architect Says:

    it bears the resemblance to chairs designed by architect Henry Klumb

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