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Walter Lamb Seating

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
Walter Lamb Ottomans
By Walter Lamb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Walter Lamb Ottomans model C-5706, pair Brown Jordan USA, c. 1952 bronze, cotton cord 17½ h × 23½ w × 15 d in (44 × 60 × 38 cm) Literature: Walter Lamb, manufacturer's catalog, 1954,...
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1950s American Vintage Walter Lamb Seating

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Bronze

Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan Bronze Patio Wide Lounge Chair
By Walter Lamb, Brown Jordan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A wide patio lounge chair by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan. The chair has a simple construction in tubular bronze with a patinated finish, with rounded squares serving as runners on e...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Lamb Seating

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Bronze

Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan Bronze Patio Ottoman
By Brown Jordan, Walter Lamb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A bronze ottoman by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan. The ottoman has simple construction in tubular bronze with a patinated finish, with rounded squares serving as runners on each side....
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Walter Lamb Seating

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Bronze

Walter Lamb, Chaise Longue, Bronze, Fabric, USA, 1955
By Walter Lamb, Brown Jordan
Located in High Point, NC
A bronze and fabric cord chaise longue designed by Walter Lamb and produced by Brown Jordan, USA, c. 1955.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Seating

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Bronze

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 Walter Lamb Seating

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Bronze

Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan Bronze Patio Rocking Chair
By Brown Jordan, Walter Lamb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A bronze rocking chair designed by Walter Lamb and produced by Brown Jordan. The chair has a sculptural shape, with a single formation of tubular bronze forming the backrest, arms, e...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Seating

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Bronze

Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan Rope "Waikiki" Bronze Patio Chaise Lounge
By Walter Lamb, Brown Jordan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This 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 ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Lamb Seating

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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 Seating

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Bronze

Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan Bronze & Vinyl Patio Wide Lounge Chair
By Brown Jordan, Walter Lamb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A wide patio lounge chair by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan. The chair has a simple construction in tubular bronze with a patinated finish, with rounded squares serving as runners on e...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Lamb Seating

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Bronze

Walter Lamb Square Lounge Chair
By Walter Lamb
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Walter Lamb Bronze and Rope Lounge Chair Manufactured by Brown Jordan Beautiful natural patina
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1960s American Vintage Walter Lamb Seating

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Bronze

Walter Lamb Rope Ottoman
By Walter Lamb
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Walter lamb Rope Ottoman Manufactured by Brown Jordan Beautiful natural Verdigris surface
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1960s American Vintage Walter Lamb Seating

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Copper

Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan Bronze Patio Three Seater Sofa
By Brown Jordan, Walter Lamb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bronze three seater sofa by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan. The sofa has a beautiful curved construction in tubular bronze with a patinated verdigris finish. The sofa has two rounded supports at the middle of the sofa and a stretcher that runs the length of the piece. The arm rests carry the same curved detail with double bronze tubing. This sofa retains its original vinyl cording...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Seating

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Bronze

Bronze Patio Sleigh Chair & Ottoman by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan
By Brown Jordan, Walter Lamb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A low lounge chair, known as the “Sleigh Chair,” by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan. The chair comes with an ottoman that slides beneath the chair seat for easy storage. A continuous length of tubular bronze serves as the frame of a scooped seat, bends beneath the chair to form two runners. A curved support bar stretches below the seat, which is wrapped horizontally with cotton sail cord. All Walter Lamb patio furniture has been restored with the utmost attention to the designer’s original specifications. We rope all seating...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Seating

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Bronze

Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan Bronze Patio Two Seater Settee
By Brown Jordan, Walter Lamb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bronze two seater settee by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan. The settee has a beautiful curved construction in tubular bronze with a patinated verdigris finish. The sofa has one rounded support at the middle of the sofa and a stretcher that runs the length of the piece. The arm rests carry the same curved detail with double bronze tubing. This piece has been newly reroped. All Walter Lamb patio furniture at DEN has been restored with the utmost attention to the designer’s original specifications. We rope all seating...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Lamb Seating

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Bronze

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Walter Lamb seating for sale on 1stDibs.

Walter Lamb seating 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 Walter Lamb seating, although gold editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original seating by Walter Lamb were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by William Billy Haines, Brown Saltman, and Terra Furniture. Prices for Walter Lamb seating can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $4,350 and can go as high as $35,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $8,900.

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