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Brown Jordan Armchairs

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Pioneers of furniture designed especially for the outdoors, Brown Jordan channeled — in tables, lounge chairs and armchairs — the carefree postwar California spirit and helped create a new space in American life: the patio.

The outdoor furniture brand began to take shape in 1945, when Robert Brown, an industrial designer, and Hubert Jordan met in Pasadena, California, and began collaborating on their first design, a traditional wrought-iron breakfast set they called Morning Glory. They offered it for sale via the upscale department store Bullock’s Wilshire. The store ran an ad about the new outdoor set, and, by the end of the day, it had sold out completely.

A few years later, in 1948, the duo followed up with a new, very different design: the Leisure collection, one of the first to combine aluminum with vinyl “lace.” The materials were newly available after the war and offered a mid-century silhouette that was also lightweight and specifically designed for outdoor use. Some of Brown Jordan’s most singular pieces arose from another postwar material: Copper piping salvaged from ships that had sunk at Pearl Harbor was used to create sculptural, curvilinear outdoor furnishings as part of the Walter Lamb Bronze collection, which was first launched in the 1940s.

The Tamiami collection, by Brown Jordan in-house designer Hall Bradley, followed in the 1950s, with streamlined aluminum frames and vinyl seats and backs woven in a diagonal pattern. The line quickly became popular not only in California but across the country and on the East Coast, prompting an expansion from the original two colorways to a wider assortment of of-the-moment hues.

Brown Jordan’s offerings gained recognition as both innovations and symbols of a new kind of leisure. Tadao Inouye’s Kantan lounge chair, launched in 1956, was chosen by the Department of Commerce to be exhibited at the 1959 Industrial World’s Fair in Tokyo. In 1968, it was featured in the Cooper Hewitt’s “Please Be Seated” exhibit.

Bright colorways, metallics, pastels, powder coating and weather-ready materials became some of Brown Jordan’s hallmarks, heralding durable, design-forward furniture that helped create the modern idea of outdoor living.

Find a collection of vintage Brown Jordan furniture today on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Brown Jordan
1960s Set of Four Aluminum Patio Chairs by Brown Jordan
By Brown Jordan
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Beautiful vintage set of four patio chairs designed by Brown Jordan and made of aluminum. They are originally from the 1960s. They are very sturdy and great looking. They are vintage...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brown Jordan Armchairs

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Aluminum

Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan Bronze Patio Dining Armchair
By Walter Lamb, Brown Jordan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A model C1700A patio armchair in patinated bronze, designed by Walter Lamb and produced by Brown Jordan. The chair has a tubular frame supported by a bent bronze runner and arm on ea...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brown Jordan Armchairs

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Bronze

Brown Jordan Calcutta Arm Chairs- A Pair
By Brown Jordan
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Brown Jordan Calcutta armchairs. The frames have been freshly powdercoated. New cushions fabricated in royal blue patent leather. Would wor...
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1980s North American Hollywood Regency Vintage Brown Jordan Armchairs

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Aluminum

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Brown Jordan armchairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Brown Jordan armchairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Brown Jordan armchairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original armchairs by Brown Jordan were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the late 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider armchairs by Henredon, Interior Crafts, and Paul Evans. Prices for Brown Jordan armchairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,975 and can go as high as $7,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,400.
Questions About Brown Jordan Armchairs
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 31, 2023
    Yes, many people consider Brown Jordan to be good quality. Furniture made by the brand usually features durable materials like wood and aluminum and quality craftsmanship. The outdoor furniture brand began to take shape in 1945, when Robert Brown, an industrial designer, and Hubert Jordan met in Pasadena, California, and began collaborating on their first design, a traditional wrought-iron breakfast set they called Morning Glory. Shop a variety of Brown Jordan furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 3, 2023
    Brown Jordan chairs are made of a variety of materials. Specifics vary for each piece, but generally, the furniture maker uses wood, vinyl, woven resin wicker, aluminum, glass, stone, rope and UV-resistant fabrics to craft furniture. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Brown Jordan furniture.

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