Vintage Mid-Century Modern Norwegian Siesta Lounge Chair by Ingmar Relling for Westnofa, 1965


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This Siesta leather armchair was designed by Ingmar Relling in 1965 and manufactured by the Norwegian Westnofa factory. The armchair has a frame made of strongly curved glued wood. The original fabric is placed in the armchair frame and fixed with leather elements. It has leather loose cushion. The Siesta armchair was first awarded the Design Award in 1965 and has since been frequently bought and displayed by many important museums around the world.

Ingmar Relling (1920-2002) was a Norwegian designer who created a series of functional furniture designs during his long career. He began his career at the Rastad & Relling design studio in 1947, before establishing his own studio in Sykkylven in 1950. Today, he is considered one of the greatest contributors to the golden age of Scandinavian design. Simplicity, minimalism, elegance and uncompromising quality are the key concepts in all Relling’s designs. In 1965, Ingmar Relling designed his greatest masterpiece: the Siesta armchair. In the same year, he won the first prize in the Furniture Industry Council competition. Even the White House had armchairs designed by Ingmar Relling. Today, the Siesta armchair stands out as and internationally recognized classic and Norwegian design icon.

Westnofa is a manufacturer whose name derives from the combination of WEST NOrway FActories and was established in the late 1950s due to the cooperation of leading furniture manufacturers in the country. The goal was to join forces to market and export locally produced furniture overseas. In the sixties and seventies, a series of elegant pieces of furniture were produced from highly curved glued wood. The designs were innovative, contemporary and characterized by a light form rarely achieved by traditional furniture manufacturers. It was and immediate success and placed Norway on the international map of contemporary furniture.

This armchair is in original vintage condition with traces of age and a natural patina. The seat is 42 cm high.

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