1940s Warren McArthur Aluminium Folding Armchairs

1940s Warren McArthur Aluminium Folding Armchairs



34H” x 24W” x 18D”

From Warren McArthur, one of the foremost designers of the Streamline/Machine Age era, a matched pair of folding armchairs. In original condition, and with Warren McArthur’s New York studio labels and manufacturer Mayfair Industries label. Made from tubular aluminium and black upholstery, with original rubber doughnut feet and folding latch. A successful designer foray into folding armchairs.

Warren McArthur was an innovator in Machine Age furniture design for the commercial and residential markets. McArthur attended Cornell and graduated in 1908 with a degree in engineering. An engineer and inventor throughout his life, he is best known for his tubular furniture designs.

McArthur founded the Warren McArthur Corporation in Los Angeles 1930. His designs emphasized sleek forms inspired by automobiles, locomotives and airplanes. He moved the company to Rome, New York in 1933, just as metal furniture was gaining popularity; the company’s products were sold out of a showroom in New York City on Park Avenue.

McArthur’s stylish, inventive furniture was popular both domestically and commercially; the company produced over 600 individual designs ranging from bar stools to settees, desks to folding chairs, smoking tables to vanities. With the outbreak of World War II, aluminum in the United States was prohibited for private use. Warren McArthur Corporation closed shop in 1948.

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