Warren McArthur (1885-1961) for Warren McArthur Corporation adjustable chaise lounge, #636-P Rome, New York, circa 1938 aluminum, sail cloth, rubber partial 'Warren McArthur' decal as shown: 25 1/2"w x 69"d x 29"h
Provenance: Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg, New York, New York, 12 December 2001, 20th-21st Century Design Art, Lot 152 Important Private Collector, Denver, Colorado
Catalog Note: Warren McArthur was a machine-age designer and businessman known for his early use of aluminum tubing and production processes, which resulted in an impressive range of furniture that is immediately recognizable today. McArthur's design career took off in the late 1920s with his first large commission for the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. Following the onset of the Great Depression in 1929, McArthur moved to Los Angeles and opened the Warren McArthur Corporation. In 1932, he relocated his design firm to Rome, New York and later opened a showroom in New York City. McArthur's success brought him commissions from prominent architects as well as celebrities such as Marlene Dietrich, Clark Gable and Jack L. Warner. Offered here is an exceptional example of McArthur's innovative, early modern style. This rare chaise lounge is a desirable form that was ahead of its time and still holds appeal to contemporary collectors.