Rare De Coene Frères Lounge Chairs, Belgium 1950s
De Coene Frères
Belgium is often overlooked when thinking about mid-century design, even though some of the most defining pieces of the era were created in the country. The company, De Coene Frères, dates back to 1905, and many of Belgium’s renowned designers worked together with them. These lounge chairs are exemplary of the quality and design knowledge that the company was in possession of.
Form and function collide in this pair of exceptionally rare lounge chairs from De Coene Frères. The design of these lounge chairs is a remarkable combination of concern for comfort and materiality melded with a desire for outstanding visual quality. The frames have a one-of-a-kind shape, with a clear focus on the arms and legs that are each made of a single, bent piece of wood. The backrest is decorated with triangle-shaped cut-outs that follow the lines if the arms and legs. The sculpted look is modern and stylish at the same time, with rounded edges and smooth surfaces. While the industrial production method was extended to furniture manufacturing from the 1950s at De Coene Frères, quality in finish, however, remained central. This pair showcases these characteristics, as well as the desire to keep functionality and comfort at the core of the design. Lounge chairs in particular are expected to provide a design and level of comfort that assures relaxation. This is achieved by the slightly raised seats and bent backrests that guarantee these qualities. Adding further comfort are the upholstered seat and back cushions in a light, premium fabric with a subtle pattern.
The wooden frames provide a firm base, and the ergonomic design makes this pair exceptionally comfortable. The clear lined frames give these lounge chairs an open, and very photographical appearance. Due to the quality of the design, execution, and extreme rarity, these chairs are truly unique Belgian pieces.
In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Small scratches and marks on the wood.
69.5 cm W x 79 cm D x 72.5 cm H; Seat Height 40 cm