SALE! 1950s Compact Lounger, Made in Canada, Reupholstered, Unique History
This fantastic and curvy compact lounge chair was made in Canada by Featherweight Aluminum Products circa early 1950s, in Montreal, Quebec. As the company name would imply, the entire frame is aluminum and indeed, featherweight! This unique design is reminiscent of famous mid century pieces like the womb chair by Eero Saarinen, with it's rounded back and bowl-like shape. The maple wood legs have been refinished, new Pirelli webbing installed, and the entire chair reupholstered with "Messenger" fabric by Maharam, in a vibrant coral tone. The webbing in this chair warrants its own mention: as it is attached to a circular aluminum base, it uses a clip system designed specifically for this chair. If that wasn't enough, check out the cool history on the company that made this beauty:
The Featherweight Aluminum Products Company was in existence at least from the early 1950s, possibly earlier - limited information is available. However, we do know that in 1965 the founder, Bill Holtzman, purchased a ski-doo for his family after his wife had a skiing accident and broke her leg. As he used the ski-doo, he thought, "I can make a better one!" and so he did. Holtzman developed the "Alouette" snowmobile at Featherweight Aluminum in 1967, and it eventually caught the attention of the iconic racing brothers, Gilles and Jacques Villenueve, who were engaged in snowmobile racing at the time. After several trials and development tweaks, Gilles won the 1974 World Championship of snowmobile racing, all while riding an Alouette.
WAS $1895, NOW $1695