Carl Gustaf Hiort Red 'Siesta' Lounge Chair
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Carl Gustaf Hiort for Puunveisto Oy - Träsnideri Ab, 'Siesta' lounge chair, red fabric, oak, Finland, design 1952, production later.
This sensuous armchair has a curved, slender seat with a slightly winged back. The chair leans slightly backwards and has curved armrests, a buttoned back with matching pillow and tapered, long diagonal legs. This chair is typical for the design of Hiort, as the chair is refined, well-finished and features traditional details. The fabric of this chair is in good condition.
Carl Gustaf Hiort (1911-1996) was a Finnish-Swedish interior designer who was based in Helsinki. Hiort was the head of his own production company, Puunveisto, in Helsinki from the 1940s-1970s. Hiort payed much attention to detail and to craftwork, he was a strong advocate of handcrafted furniture of high quality, much like Danish furniture of the same period. Technique wise, he was ahead of his time as he worked with new materials such as plywood at a very early stage.