Early Patented Furniture Designs by Warren McArthur
The most stunning example of these rare pieces is the chaise. The integrity of this form is dependent on both the tubular frame for vertical support and the seat cushion and mahogany armrests for stability and horizontal re-enforcement. If you look closely at the back blocks of the armrests you will see that the inner rods of the radically raked back are incased in perpendicular mahogany blocks. This use of angled tail blocks essentially integrates the support of the back rest into the main body of the frame while simultaneously creating a visual dialogue between the subtle grained mahogany armrests and the highly polished nickel-plated back slats, the green lacquered steel tubing and pressed stainless steel caps.
Commissioned around 1931 by a prominent South Florida family, this work was packed away in 1950 and only recently rediscovered,