The TV Lounge Chair evolved in a post war climate. The war fostered many advances in materials and technologies, not to mention fabrication plants, upon which furniture designs were able to capitalise. Laytex allowed for ergonomic and slimline cushion forms to be mass produced, making for streamlined comfort.
Forms began chasing that atomic style as we became obsessed with technology and the bright future ahead of us. Following UK trends, the TV chair gained a strong following in Australia, with the earliest models arriving just in time for televisions to grace our homes.
The SC55 is the hero of TV Chairs, taking minimal, well crafted joinery to the extreme with a sculptural wooden frame, Sprung metal unit and ergonomic back cushion. Check out those stylish curves and those angled, floating surfboard arm rests.
WHY WE LOVE TV CHAIRS
- They’re super Comfortable!
- Minimal, streamlined design with open arms has a sculptural quality, that also ensures this style won’t dominate even small spaces.
- Aesthetically, TV chairs fulfill our love affair with all things scandinavian, and our own Australiuan design focus on materiality and honesty of form.
- Clean lines behave as a great canvas for a variety of surface designs, from digital printed photographic styles to screen printed Australiana and beyond.
pictured: ‘Palmer Regency’ is a Palmer TV Recliner that brings a little coastal cool to this Canberran apartment. Custom designed in house by MAAIKE, it features a custom, one off palmtree lensflare design.
HOW TO SPOT THE SC55
- Ergonomic ‘TV back’ profile cushion – sculpted to support head & lower back in ultimate comfort.
- Single front seat/leg rail
- Double seat/leg rail at back
- Atomic Angle floating arm detail rests on back leg
IS IT A BARGAIN?
An original SC55 will always have resale value, as will other Mid Century Modern designs from notable companies such as Fler, Parker & Chiswell. The exact retail value will depend on the condition & rarity of the piece.
The idea of a bargain depends on your goals. Be aware that restoration of ‘bargains’ is likely to cost as much or more than the price you’re paying for the base piece. No longer in mass production, you can’t buy these ‘new’, let alone for less, and while you can score them already refurbished through MCM specialists, bringing your base frame to MAAIKE will ensure a finished chair tailored to your own personal style – Priceless!
SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Structural Stability – When possible check frames by applying slight pressure to arms and shifting side to side. Loose joints can be fixed, but split timber may need complete replacement.
- Timber Finish – Is the lacquer flecked and peeling? Smaller scratches and water marks are easily tidied up, but larger patches of discoloration and deterioration may only be resolved through a complete strip and re-finish process.
- Padding – Even if they look ‘Fine’, if your cushions are original, its likely the fabric cover is the only thing still holding it in place. Foam and laytex both deteriorate drastically over time, especially subject to UVrays, so if you’re buying something in original condition, factor new foam cushions into your budget!
If you’re looking to revive your TVchair – in contemporary style or with an art-driven twist, email Maaike to get started.