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Pair of Tomlinson Sophisticate Ebonized Lounge Chairs by Erwin Lambeth

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US$12,450per set


Attractive pair of Tomlinson "Sophisticate" lounge chairs designed by Erwin Lambeth. Restored: the chairs feature solid ebonized wood frames with two straight front legs and two raised back legs, as well as a barrel backed design. Upholstered in a white fabric with a wide cushion seat and removable back cushion.


  • Creator
    Erwin Lambeth (Designer),Tomlinson (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 66.04 cm (26 in.)Width: 71.12 cm (28 in.)Depth: 66.04 cm (26 in.)Seat Height: 41.91 cm (16.5 in.)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4528225193872

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  • Shipping
    Ships From: Dallas, TX
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Maker


Pay a visit to the town of High Point, North Carolina — long the capital of American-made furniture — and, from nearly any location in the city, you’ll see a tall smokestack bearing the name Tomlinson. It’s a name with deep roots there: In 1901, Sidney Halstead Tomlinson, Sr., and his brother founded the Tomlinson Chair Manufacturing Co., producing adaptations of 19th-century European antiques for an enthusiastic American audience. Later the Tomlinson Furniture Company grew rapidly over the ensuing decades, becoming a significant contributor to High Point’s thriving manufacturing economy.

Although Tomlinson began with a focus on antique-style furniture, by the middle of the century the company had adopted aesthetics from the modern style that was rapidly growing in popularity around the world.

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, Tomlinson Furniture produced coffee tables, storage cabinets and seating in the low-slung, sleek silhouettes that were typically characteristic of what we now know as mid-century modern designs. Working with designers like John Lubberts and Lambert Mulder, the company experimented with materials like woven cane and unique styles such as neoclassical lounge chairs in cherrywood that were seen as thoughtful modern interpretations of Biedermeier furniture.

During the mid-1950s, Tomlinson Furniture introduced its dramatic and decorative Sophisticate line, a collection of case pieces, seating, tables and more, available in a variety of woods. Today, designs that originated in the collection, such as its pecan-framed chairs with seats and backs of woven leather straps, are increasingly sought after by collectors.

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