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Late 19th-Century French Biomorphic Steamer Lounge Chaise.


Vintage biomorphic French steamer lounge chaise, with an astonishing 'sculptural spine' made of beechwood. The design of this biomorphic chaise without question preceded the Biomorphism movement that began in the 20th century with designers like Alvar Aalto and Isamu Noguchi. The chaise's structured beechwood base, arms, legs and visual tailbone (coccyx), gives deliberate hints to the forms of biology. To provide extreme luxury and comfort to their on board cruise passengers, the European Cruise liners in late 19th century introduced Teak Steamer chairs on their decks--this chaise being the most unique we have ever seen. We've scoured the web, hundreds of antique stores, and auction records to find something on this brilliant designer or anything similar to this chaise,....and we've found not a one--this chair seems quite happy to be..."Sui-Generis".


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    H 39 in. x W 55 in.

    H 99.06 cm x W 139.7 cm

  • Seat height
    20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • Seller location
    Los Angeles, CA
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