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K.E.M. Weber, Pair of Lounge Chairs, 1934

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A pair of chromium-plated tubular steel lounge chairs upholstered in thick, sage green corduroy with lacquered walnut armrests. Weber designed these chairs in 1934 for the Lloyd Manufacturing Company in Menominee, Michigan. These chairs debuted at the Grand Rapids Furniture Market in 1935 and later appeared in a Lloyd advertisement that called this set “truly unusual.” A design that successfully marries generous proportions with delicate lines. Built-in springs make these chairs exceptionally comfortable.

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  • Condition Details
    In great condition for a piece of this age. Reupholstered.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 27 in. x W 29 in. x D 32 in.H 68.58 cm x W 73.66 cm x D 81.28 cm
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Seller Reference Number
    formativemodern123
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU3832312600332
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About KEM Weber (Designer)

Architect and designer Kem Weber arrived in the United States in the vanguard of a wave of progressive Central European talents — among them, Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, Paul T. Frankl and Ilonka Karascz — who would profoundly affect the course of modernism in the United States. In his new home, Weber created a wholly American form of modern design that is sleek and stylish, yet comfortable and practical.


Karl Emanuel Martin Weber — “Kem” was his self-styled nom d’usage — was born and trained in Berlin. In 1914, he became an accidental immigrant to the U.S.. Sent to San Francisco by his teacher-turned-employer, architect Bruno Paul, to oversee an installation at a global design expo, Weber was marooned by the outbreak of World War I. But he quickly grew to love California, even if his early years there were difficult. When design commissions were hard to find, he took jobs as a lumberjack, chicken farmer and art school teacher. (He gained U.S. citizenship in 1924.)


In the mid-1920s, while working for the Los Angeles–based Barker Bros. department store — the largest furniture retailer in the country at the time — Weber regularly traveled around the nation to deliver lectures on modernism. His reputation as a champion of a new, clean and elegant style earned him architectural commissions and contracts to design furniture and items such silverware, coffee services and cocktail shakers. His masterpiece is the Airline lounge chair, designed 1934-1935. With its raked, gently angular frame and cantilevered seat, the chair suggests movement, speed and forward progress. Though it seemed perfect for mass production, Weber was never able to convince a major manufacturer to take it on. In the end, fewer than 300 Airline chairs were made. Today, those may be the rarest examples of Weber’s work, but are always worth looking out for. As you will see on these pages, his designs are both intelligent and stylish. They deserve to be a part of any serious collection of American modernism.

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