Little Petra Lounge Chair
The Little Petra lounge chair designed by Viggo Boesen for &tradition offers the utmost comfort, from the seat to the upholstery thanks to an extensive amount of craftsmanship. Surprisingly small in size, it can easily fit in a variety of interiors and environments compared to other lounge chairs. Choose between white oiled oak or walnut for the legs and one of three upholstery options with or without a compatible ottoman.
Originally handcrafted 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 that it would become a gem cherished by design enthusiasts.
With this new production, Little Petra is available to a new generation of design aficionados around the world, who will no doubt cherish this historic design.
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.