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George Mulhauser Swivel Chairs

Reflecting on George Mulhauser’s decades-long career conjures up images of him sitting in his well-known Mr. Chair — a luxurious reclining mid-century modern lounge chair for Plycraft made from a single sheet of plywood — and thinking to himself what mark he would leave on the world of furniture design.

Mulhauser studied industrial design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated in 1953. His early designs were quite venturesome and landed him his first design job in the Manhattan studio of architect, journalist and designer George Nelson, who was the director of design for legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer Herman Miller.

In 1955, Mulhauser designed his now-immediately recognizable Coconut chair. Angular and visually striking, this alluring lounge chair, with its sloping molded plastic shell, was something of a prelude. Soon, Mulhauser would make the acquaintance of American furniture designer Paul McCobb. Mulhauser collaborated with McCobb on concepts for molded fiberglass chairs, and McCobb’s Origami chair for Directional would become a big hit on the mid-20th century market.

Mulhauser kept busy. In his home studio, he sketched out each furniture design on paper and then translated them to handmade scale models. Mulhauser engaged his neighbors and family in trying out his sophisticated seating and gathered feedback for improvements. He designed his Mr. Chair for Plycraft — an adjustable armchair with a seat of tufted leather that yielded a series — and collaborated with many other companies throughout his career, including Directional, Singer, Overman and the Design Institute of America. He also taught furniture design at Pratt Institute, while the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts brought him on as an instructor of 3-D design.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage George Mulhauser chairs, lounge chairs and other furniture.

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Creator: George Mulhauser
George Mulhauser for Plycraft Green Sultana Swivel Armchair
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and stylish Mid-Century Modern "Sultana" swivel armchair or club chair By George Mulhauser for Plycraft USA, 1960s Measures: 23"W x 21"D x 23.5"H. Seat height 15.5"; arm he...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Mulhauser Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut, Bentwood, Lacquer

George Mulhauser for Plycraft Blue Sultana Swivel Armchair
By George Mulhauser, Plycraft
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and stylish Mid-Century Modern "Sultana" swivel armchair or club chair By George Mulhauser for Plycraft USA, 1960s Measures: 23"W x 21"D x 23.5"H. Seat height 15.5"; arm he...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Mulhauser Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut, Bentwood, Lacquer

George Mulhauser for Plycraft Red Sultana Swivel Armchair
By George Mulhauser, Plycraft
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and stylish Mid-Century Modern "Sultana" swivel armchair or club chair By George Mulhauser for Plycraft USA, 1960s Measures: 23"W x 21"D x 23.5"H. Seat height 15.5"; arm height 24.5". Red lacquered walnut...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Mulhauser Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut, Bentwood, Lacquer

George Mulhauser for Plycraft Yellow Sultana Swivel Armchair
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and stylish Mid-Century Modern "Sultana" swivel armchair or club chair By George Mulhauser for Plycraft USA, 1960s Measures: 23"W x 21"D x 23.5"H. Seat height 15.5"; arm he...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Mulhauser Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut, Bentwood, Lacquer

Swivel Chair by Mulhauser for Plycraft
By George Mulhauser, Plycraft
Located in New York, NY
Rare and unusual form not often seen, designed by George Mulhauser for Plycraft. Swivel upholstered chair in orange vinyl with bent ply shell, c...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Mulhauser Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair by Murphy Miller
By George Mulhauser, Plycraft
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A stunning 1960s lounge chair by Murphy Miller. This gently used swivel lounge chair boasts winged walnut armrests and vinyl upholstery. A vintage gem th...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Mulhauser Swivel Chairs

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Faux Leather, Walnut

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Located in Winter Park, FL
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George Mulhauser swivel chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

George Mulhauser swivel chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of George Mulhauser swivel chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original swivel chairs by George Mulhauser were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 1960s. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider swivel chairs by Jens Risom, Selig, and Eero Saarinen. Prices for George Mulhauser swivel chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,470 and can go as high as $2,200, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,795.
Questions About George Mulhauser Swivel Chairs
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 31, 2023
    George Mulhauser was a furniture designer. He is best known for designing a chair called Mr. Chair, a luxurious reclining mid-century modern lounge chair for Plycraft made from a single sheet of plywood. Other famous designs by Mulhauser include the Coconut chair and the Origami chair. Shop a range of George Mulhauser furniture on 1stDibs.

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