Ombra Lounge Chair
Charlotte Perriand’s Ombra lounge chair is a tour-de-force of elegance and simplicity. A supreme example of the designer’s mastery of volumes, Ombra Lounge’s individual aspects are all rectilinear in form yet are manipulated in profoundly fluid ways that engender an unexpected overall gracefulness to the Ombra lounge chair. The flattened, rectilinear canted stainless legs splay precisely to gently bend morphing into “feet” as they approach the floor. The stainless steel back support is designed to “frame” a rectangular void through which the seat and back cushion are visible – celebrating their articulation. The seat and back cushions are thick volumes that create a wonderful foil to the thin profile of the steel frame – Ombra lounge exudes both comfort and visual levity.
The stainless steel Ombra lounge chair frame is available with chrome or embossed black painted finish. The polyurethane foam cushion structure features polyester padding with removable covers – these are available in a number of textile and leather choices.
In her eight-decade career, Charlotte Perriand contributed to countless design projects that allowed her to experiment with material. She explored working with tubular steel furniture, natural pieces in ebonized wood, bamboo furniture in Japan, and more. Paying close attention to the functionality of the furniture and the arrangement of the interior environment, Perriand designed pieces that were meant to be comfortably used and enjoyed in a space, as evidenced in her famed 1959 daybed or curved-back LC7 chair. Her revolutionary user-centric approach helped establish her as a seminal figure in the modernist design movement whose legacy endures to this day.
Not long after graduating from Ecole de L'Union Centrale de Arts Decoratifs in Paris, Perriand impressed critics with “Bar Under the Roof,” an installation featuring an aluminum and chrome bar counter and card table presented at the Salon d’Automne in 1927. The showcase established her as an avant-garde talent to watch and wowed a personal icon of hers, Le Corbusier—who invited her to join his studio and work on furniture designs with him and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret. The trio went on to craft some of the most enduring modern furniture pieces of the 20th century, such as the widely collected LC4 chaise longue, today produced by Cassina.