I was so thrilled to be able to work with a client lucky enough to receive this amazing pair of Thayer Coggin '1966 Classic Lounge' chairs from a friend who was unable to use them anymore. My client absolutely needed to replace the worn and dated pink fabric they had been upholstered in, but the chrome finish on the frame was in excellent condition. And that polished chrome is what really made these pop.
The chairs before-
Originally designed in 1966 (hence the name) for the company Thayer Coggin, this metal framed lounge chair epitomizes furniture designer Milo Baughman's highly evolved sense of mid-century design style. Baughman designed many an iconic mid-century piece, however, never had the same name recognition as the Eames or Corbusier or the like, quite undeservedly. Despite this fact, his pieces are still highly desirable, still being produced by Thayer Coggin (see all his pieces in production here), and this same chair has even been picked up by the likes of Crate & Barrel-
The same lounger also has a strong presence on 1stdibs-
Some of his other designs also sell quite well (although I must admit I am partial to the 1966 chair)-
For this pair, both myself and my client felt strongly we wanted a fabric that would nod to the period when these chairs were first designed, as well as firmly root them in a contemporary and more eclectic space. After a few tries, this Kravet fabric (30620 from the Kravet Smart line) just struck the right balance. Now these pop not only because of the frame, but also because of this killer (yet sophisticated, almost art deco) 'ode to the swinging-sixies' fabric as well. So excited to show them off!