A Chair to Swoon For: George Mulhauser's Bent Wood Wonder

A Chair to Swoon For: George Mulhauser's Bent Wood Wonder

Catrin Morris
Sep 18, 2012

It was love at first sight the first time I saw this chair. It may have been in House Beautiful or on Decor8. I am not sure. But I am smitten. The bad news is that this is a very rare – and therefore very expensive – chair. The good news is that it's not one of the pantheon of iconic mid-century pieces. So perhaps some unsuspecting homeowner may put one out in a yard sale one day. A girl can dream!

It turns out the man who designed this exquisitely bendy, twisty scroll arm bentwood chair is George Mulhauser (American; 1922-2002), who also designed a much more well-known Plycraft lounge chair. Designed in 1965 for Plycraft, the scroll arm chair is hard to come by, but I have my eyes peeled. it is like a more ornate, playful version of Cherner's equally jaw-dropping arm chair. Think Cherner chair through the rabbit hole.

Shown Above:
1. House Beautiful
2. Maryam Montague's home in Decor8
3. This one sold for $1500 at an arts and antiques auction this summer.
4. Orginally on eBay as found by Blue Beans on Pinterest.
5. These were sold at Urban Remains for an unknown amount.

Sources: As linked above.

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