Rare Slat Back Three-Seat Warren McArthur Park Avenue Sofa, 1933-1934


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A slat back three-seat sofa, an early design by Warren McArthur manufactured in Rome, New York in 1933-1934.
The slat back seating of Warren McArthur is his first seating design introduced in his earliest line of furniture production in Los Angeles between 1930 to 1933 predating his introduction to aluminum tubing.
This sofas tubular frame and slatted back is designed to flex as one sits providing an ergonomic support beyond sprung cushions commonly found in the welded steel furniture of his contemporaries both American and European.
The side profile of his frame features four horizontal tubes that delineate the concise elements of the strength of his frame while providing an elegant visual composition. The tube closest to the six legs creates a four sided continuous rectangle. The next horizontal tube parallels this tube across the front and sides ending at the corners but not continuing across the back. the third tube is receded to start at the front vertical support of the arm rests and continues around the back to a similar placement on the opposite side. The fourth horizontal serves as the support of the armrest and fastens into the back frame between the the first and second slat thus reducing the stress on the sofas slatted back and giving flex to the upper two lines of slats and breaking the visual of the rear view of the sofa into thirds of different values ie 2 slats, slat and cushion and the lower third all cushion. One of the fascinating aspects of McArthurs furniture designs is his continual attention to its visual composition.
The dating of this rare Art Deco couch is based upon its decal label which reads:
Warren McArthur Corporation
Rome, N.Y.
Manufacturer of Anodic Aluminum Furniture Pat. Applied for
The upholstery was rebuilt 15 years ago.
The sofa is in excellent condition. Offered by Appleton

Product Specifications

Depth: 34
Width: 74
Height: 32
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Varies (Limited Edition)

Vintage Specifications

Warren McArthur

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