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Little Petra Lounge Chair — Sheepskin

c. 1938

by Viggo Boesen
for &Tradition

The Little Petra lounge chair and ottoman designed by Viggo Boesen for &tradition offer the utmost comfort, from the seat to the uphol­stery, thanks to exten­sive crafts­man­ship. It is surpris­ingly small in size and can easily fit in various inte­ri­ors and envi­ron­ments compared to other lounge chairs. Choose between white oiled oak or walnut for the legs, one of three sheep­skin uphol­stery options. An addi­tional ottoman is sold separately. 

Initially hand-crafted by A.J. Iversen, one of Denmark’s most respected cabi­net­mak­ers at the time, Little Petra was a made-to-order chair for private clients only. The lounge chair was first presented at the Copen­hagen Cabi­net­mak­ers Guild Exhi­bi­tion in 1938. Archi­tect Viggo Boesen named the Chair after his mother-in-law and had no idea it would become a gem cher­ished by design enthusiasts.

Also avail­able in either oiled oak or walnut with uphol­stery in Karako­rum Duna stan­dard. For other fabric or Quick-Ship options, please see the spec sheet to the left details or call 800.886.0867 for more information.


Source: &Tradition

Viggo Boesen

Denmark (1907–1985)

Viggo Boesen’s work as an architect contributed to Denmark’s signature design aesthetic in the 1930s. In particular, his work reflects what became known as funkis style, or functionalism. In contrast to mass-produced materials and the less-is-more approach from the Bauhaus school of thought, Boesen brought a soft, warm and almost naive aspect to design, ushering in new forms of upholstered furniture.

Few of Boesen’s original designs were ever produced, yet the organic shapes and expressive design lingo that informed his work, as seen in the Little Petra lounge chair for &Tradition, were precursors to Denmark’s subsequent stance on modernism in the decades that followed.

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