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Walter Lamb Furniture

American

Forward-looking architect Walter Lamb is best known for his revolutionary and widely loved patio furniture — he salvaged metal tubing from sunken ships in Pearl Harbor in the 1940s to create alluring chaise longues and other pieces for the backyard. His vintage furniture designs have been adorning patios worldwide for almost a century.

Trained as an architect at the University of California Berkeley campus, Lamb found himself in Hawaii during the 1940s. This period was a time of growth for furniture designers and manufacturers, as veterans were returning to the United States, getting married and starting families. These folks needed practical furniture for their new homes, and as the movement we now call mid-century modern took shape, imaginative architects and furniture makers would fill that need. Lamb was one such innovator.

Lamb worked the shaped tubing and fittings he’d gathered from battleship wreckage into proper frames and wrapped the structures in marine-grade cotton cording to create comfortable, element-proof outdoor furniture. Today his patio furniture has an esteemed place in the history of design. In fact, furniture enthusiasts are eager to restore and collect his iconic aged furniture rather than purchase reproductions.

Postwar California would become reputable as a manufacturing center for versatile furniture intended for both indoor and outdoor spaces. Seating, tables and other items — often made with rattan — produced by the likes of McGuire and Brown Jordan became a defining feature of organic modern living, a style that still characterizes many California interiors and influences innumerable design firms. Pasadena’s then-new Brown Jordan picked up Lamb’s designs, which eventually included dining tables, side tables and coffee and cocktail tables. And along with these furnishings, Lamb's sculptural vintage seating — his curvaceous lounge chairs and armchairs with cotton cord seats — while perfect for your fire pit, shouldn’t be relegated to outdoors-only settings.

Lamb received much acclaim for his work. The Museum of Modern Art in New York recognized his 1940s-era outdoor furniture for Brown Jordan with a design award.

On 1stDibs, find a noteworthy collection of vintage Walter Lamb furniture.

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Creator: Walter Lamb
Bronze 'S Chaise' by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan, c 1970s, Signed
By Walter Lamb, Brown Jordan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sculptural 'S'-Chaise longue by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan, circa late 1960s to mid 1970s and is signed with an early Brown Jordan label. This curvy collectors piece features a tub...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Furniture

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Bronze

Walter Lamb Rare Settee with Celebrity Provenance, Early Production, circa 1955
By Brown Jordan, Walter Lamb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This sculptural rare settee by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan is an early production example which was originally purchased by and continually owned by Shirley Temple Black, which from...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Furniture

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Copper

Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan 'Waikiki' Rocking Chaise Longue C-4720
By Brown Jordan, Walter Lamb
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan, 'Waikiki' chaise lounge C-4720, bronze, cord, United States, 1950s The chaise lounge model C-4720 by Walter Lamb is nicknamed 'Waikiki' after the dis...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Furniture

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Bronze

Walter Lamb Hawaiian Cafe Tables, circa 1945
By Walter Lamb
Located in Camden, ME
Early example of Walter Lamb manufactured in Hawaii prior to Walter moving back to California in 1947. Koa wood top on a thin tube base from the cafe of a Miami Marina. This table ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Furniture

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Bronze

Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan Bronze Patio Coffee Table
By Walter Lamb, Brown Jordan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A patio coffee table in patinated bronze designed by Walter Lamb and produced by Brown Jordan. The table has a rectangular shape with rounded corners, supported by bunt tubular in ma...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Furniture

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Bronze

Walter Lamb Lounge Chair Brown Saltman
By Walter Lamb
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A classic Walter Lamb lounge chair by Brown Jordan with beautiful patina and cotton cord seat.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Furniture

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Bronze

Waikiki Rocking Chaise Lounge by Walter Lamb
By Walter Lamb, Brown Jordan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bronze rocking lounge chair designed by Walter Lamb and produced by Brown Jordan. The design, referred to as the “Waikiki” chair, has a boat-like shape in tubular bronze with a sinuo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Lamb Furniture

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Bronze

Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan Patio Table
By Walter Lamb
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Gorgeous bronze base Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan patio table. In good condition with no major damages. Made in 1960's with beautiful patina on base. Glass top can be removed. Br...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Furniture

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Bronze

Walter Lamb, Chaise Longue, Bronze, Cord, Brown Jordan, United States c. 1955
By Walter Lamb, Brown Jordan
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sizable chaise longue or daybed / deck chair. Designed by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan, United States c. 1955. Features tubular bronze with it's original Verdi gris finishing. ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Furniture

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Bronze

Pair of Waikiki Rocking Chaise Lounges by Walter Lamb
By Brown Jordan, Walter Lamb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of bronze rocking lounge chairs designed by Walter Lamb and produced by Brown Jordan. The design, referred to as the “Waikiki” chair, has a boat-like shape in tubular bronze w...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Lamb Furniture

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Bronze

Original Vintage Walter Lamb Large Round Coffee Table
By Walter Lamb
Located in Chicago, IL
Walter lamb large round coffee table. Original textured Glass. 2 chips as noted in photos.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Lamb Furniture

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Brass

Walter Lamb Ottoman
By Walter Lamb
Located in Soho, London, GB
Ottoman in patinated tubular bronze by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan. The rope has been recently replace. The item is in good overall condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Lamb Furniture

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Bronze

Bronze Chaise by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan ca' 1950's
By Walter Lamb
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Unusual, early production chaise by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan, ca' 1950's. Beautiful patina, frame polished, new cotton cording.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Furniture

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Bronze

Undulating 'Méandre Outdoor Dinng/Lounge Patio Set by Walter Lamb Pacific Iron
By Walter Lamb, Pacific Iron
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Very rare white steel iron chair and table patio set by designer Walter Lamb for the Pacific Iron furniture company featuring its icon wave along the base of each table and chair. ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Furniture

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Iron

Bronze Patio Beach Table with Wood Top by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan
By Brown Jordan, Walter Lamb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The WT-3715 beach table designed by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan features a tubular bronze frame and a slatted wood tabletop in Philippine Mahogany. Recalling Lamb’s earlier work, th...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Furniture

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Bronze

Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan Bronze Patio Coffee Table
By Brown Jordan, Walter Lamb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A patio coffee table in patinated bronze designed by Walter Lamb and produced by Brown Jordan. The table has a rectangular shape with rounded corners, supported by bunt tubular in ma...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Furniture

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Bronze

Round Patio Table with Oxidized Bronze Frame by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan
By Walter Lamb, Brown Jordan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A patio dining table in patinated bronze designed by Walter Lamb and produced by Brown Jordan. The round frame is described by two concentric rings of bronze with radial supports and...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Lamb Furniture

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Bronze

Bronze Patio Dining Table with Square Wooden Top by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan
By Brown Jordan, Walter Lamb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A model WT-2701 square patio table designed by Walter Lamb and manufactured by Brown Jordan. The table has a slatted surface in the original weathered wood, mounted on a bronze base....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Lamb Furniture

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Bronze

Walter Lamb Side Table
By Walter Lamb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Walter Lamb side table with glass inset top, mid-20th century.
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Early 20th Century American Walter Lamb Furniture

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Walter Lamb furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Walter Lamb furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Walter Lamb collection of furniture, although gold editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 35 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Walter Lamb was created in the Mid-Century Modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Donald Deskey, Norman Cherner and Richard Schultz. Prices for Walter Lamb furniture may vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,750 and tops out at $36,000, while pieces like these can sell for $6,167 on average..

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