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Little Petra Lounge Chair

c. 1938

by Viggo Boesen
for &Tradition

Little Petra Lounge Chair

by Viggo Boesen
for &Tradition

or Call to Order

The Little Petra lounge chair 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.

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.

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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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