A cushy armchair, low to the ground, with curved sides, blue and yellow striped upholstery, and white spirals on the front of its arms.


Designed 1929-30, reproduced 2022

Joseph Urban (American, b. Austria, 1872-1933), designer
Mark Adams (American, b. 1950), carver
Bruno Paulin-Lopez, (French, b. 1958) upholsterer of reproduction chair
Sarah Mason Walden (American, b. 1976), designer of reproduction fabric
Dyenamix Inc. (American, est. 1991), fabric printer

maple, ebonized cherry, modern upholstery fabric

Combining bright, striped upholstery fabric with a black lacquered frame and swirling arm details, Urban gave the classic armchair form a modern spin. This reproduction is based on archival images of the original Wormser armchair and related sketches found in Urban’s papers. In correspondence with Leo Wormser about the commission, Urban originally proposed that the chair be covered in embroidery. Ultimately it was covered in the same vibrant upholstery used for the desk and dressing table chairs and chaise. Urban likely designed the striped fabric. A reproduction is used here, similar in pattern to the material he created for the Ruxton automobile interior in 1929.