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Rare Sculptural Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa

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A stunning example of Mid-Century Modern design, this long gondola sofa was designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. The sofa is currently upholstered in turquoise velvet that is very weathered and will require reupholstery.

Details

  • Date of manufacture
    circa 1960s
  • Period
  • Condition
    Fair. This item requires reupholstery. There are splits on seems, some staining etc..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions

    H 31 in. x W 102 in. x D 32.5 in.

    H 78.74 cm x W 259.08 cm x D 82.55 cm

  • Seat height
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Seller location
    Las Vegas, NV
  • Reference number
    LU113922679672

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About Adrian Pearsall (Designer)

Adrian Pearsall designed some of the most exuberant and expressive American furniture of the 1950s and ’60s. For verve and vivacity of form, he surpasses even Vladimir Kagan — whose work is the emblem of swinging, sexy mid-20th century modernism. Pearsall gave his imagination free rein, and his flamboyant, eye-catching styles are icons of what has become known as “Atomic Age” design.

     Pearsall studied architectural engineering at the University of Illinois before opening his Pennsylvania furniture company, Craft Associates, in 1952, and that training shows in many designs. A Pearsall trademark, for example, is a lounge chair with an exceptionally tall, trapezoidal back, which give the pieces a skyscraper-like silhouette. Pearsall also had a talent for so-called “gondola” sofas — long, low-slung pieces with upswept ends. Many of Pearsall’s sofas and chairs are supported not by legs, but on gently arced walnut skids.

     Pearsall also had a gift for tables, in particular glass-topped side and coffee tables with frames that have the look of an Alexander Calder stabile. As you will see from the offerings on these pages, Adrian Pearsall had flair, and his work adds an attention-getting, sculptural exclamation point to any décor.

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