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Jay Spectre for Century 1980s Steamer Chaise Lounge in the Art Deco Style



Jay Spectre (1929-1992) for Century Furniture, circa 1980s "Steamer" chaise lounge in original silver tone upholstery. Spectre's work was very influenced by Art Deco designs of the 1920s and 1930s, this chaise included with its streamline arms. The curved arms are similar to Paul Frankl's Speed chair. The original upholstery reminds me of Andy Warhol's factory in the 1960s when everything was silver or the skin of the Zeppelins Airships. The seat cushions are made up of Waterfowl, Duck Down, polyester fiber and foam, which makes it quite comfortable. Retains inset back pillow, unique to Spectre. In fine condition only one slight tear at the rear of chaise at the floor. (see photo) I'm sure this can be handstitched. Measures: Arm height is 22.5", inside seating area is 31.25" width x 48" long.


  • Creator
    Jay Spectre (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Width: 42.5 in. (107.95 cm)Depth: 66 in. (167.64 cm)Seat Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very nice condition ... see main description.
  • Seller Location
    St. Louis, MO
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU820222014032

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About the Designer

Jay Spectre

From arranging window displays as a teenager to securing a preeminent position in the decorating and design sphere, Jay Spectre had an extraordinary career. He drew on a range of influences for his lounge chairs, chests of drawers and coffee tables of the 1970s and ‘80s, and is best known for these furnishings as well as his interiors of the era.

For his eponymous Manhattan firm, Spectre created modern, delectable interiors for luxury homes, private aircraft, yachts and offices — his clientele included corporations and affluent figures all over the world — and for his sophisticated furnishings and decor, he found inspiration in Art Deco as well as in Asian and African art..

Spectre’s career in design began modestly — he worked as a window dresser in his Kentucky hometown. He had big plans, however, and moved to New York City, where he would establish the Jay Spectre Inc. design firm. During interviews in the years that followed, Spectre spoke highly of Hollywood glamour and its impact on his work. He was interested in the forces of modernism and technology, and was greatly inspired by the Art Deco era, which was brought to global attention at a large decorative arts exhibition held in Paris in 1925. The movement’s textile designers integrated floral motifs and vivid colors into their works, while Art Deco furniture makers were fond of dark woods, modern metals and decorative embellishments such as exotic animal hides.

In 1985, in order to grant large manufacturers the rights to produce Spectre’s furniture designs, he formed a licensing firm called J.S.P.S. Inc. with South African-born interior designer Geoffrey Bradfield. This was the era that brought Spectre recognition, awards, and numerous high-profile clients that the designer called “silent celebrities” (they deeply valued their privacy).

Spectre also created furniture that was aimed at younger consumers and intended to be affordable. He introduced an Art Deco–informed spirit at North Carolina’s Century Furniture — a brand that is known to vintage mid-century modern furniture collectors — where he created oversize, inviting lounge chairs and bentwood benches that featured plush tufted leather cushions. Spectre’s Eclipse collection was at one point among the largest-selling lines for the brand.

Spectre was named one of the top eight designers in America by the Smithsonian Institution for their "Giants of Design 1979" exhibition. He earned a pair of awards from the Chicago Merchandise Mart in 1982 and 1983, and was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1986.

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