Unique Midcentury Style Studio Designed Lounge Chair by Architect Christi Azevedo

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Unique Midcentury Style Studio Designed Lounge Chair by Architect Christi Azevedo

5,400.00

Unique Midcentury Style Studio Designed Lounge Chair by Architect Christi Azevedo
Artist signed on bottom of rear cushion.
Current cushions are new Vitra upholstery on new latex foam cushions cut the same as original cushions currently stored with chair.
Azevedo studied architecture at UC Berkeley and has, for the last 25 years worked as a fabricator and designer producing and reimagining metal and wood gates, staircases, windows and a host of other architectural elements along with a good number of impressive furniture designs.
Working out of a metal shop that she built behind her renovated Mission Victorian, she now also oversees architectural rehab and build-out projects, specializing in the modernization of turn of the century buildings while preserving their historic details and idiosyncrasies.
After years of design, fabrication work and architectural rehabs in collaboration with noted fabricators, designers and architects in the Bay Area, Azevedo has earned an architects license in order to expand her oversight of architectural projects.  She has now begun to take on larger residential architecture projects from the ground up.
Consistent with classic fifties furniture pairings, Azevedo uses two of these lounge chairs casually stationed together in her own home.   Both are fully upholstered very much like our example.  In a profile for Dwell magazine back in 2009 Azevedo and her dog appear comfortable ensconced in one of  the loungers in conversation with her partner, Katherine Catlos.  Azevedo spends much time, in fact, lounging in these chairs near the square window pictured where she can, as she puts it, revel in the urban noise and industry of the city below her home office.
This lounge chair design-like so many of her fashionable but consistently austere pieces, demonstrate Azevedo’s firm grasp of the clarity and flair of midcentury design-particularly the work of such gifted stylists of function as Gio Ponti and Prouve.  
The low slung arms provide unobtrusive support and their metal surface like that of wood and bakelite (other popular arm materials) deliver long lasting service without the rapid wear upholstered arms suffer.
The long seat and high back deliver the perfect pitch thus allowing minimal cushions to deliver maximum comfort.   
And the lounge chair’s overall low center of gravity encourages the sitter to lean back, relax and kick one’s feet up on the nearest table.  
For a chair that is so graphic-so hard edged, it delivers a surprising level of lounging comfort.  
It is no surprise that Azevedo continues to enjoy these chairs in her own home despite discontinuing production of the chair for clients likely due to high production cost and extreme effort involved.
Original un-upholstered cushions with Azevedo’s signature on the bottom are intact and included with chair in addition to those fabricated for use with Vitra upholstery and new latex cushions as pictured.  
The presence of signature on extra uncovered foam cushion seats suggest this chair is likely the prototype.  However, unlike many rough and relatively unusable prototypes, the rest of this chair’s details are fully realized and quite polished.
Condition details:
Metal and wood frame is in excellent original condition with no loss, no deep scratches and no dents.  Chair welds and connecting structure is sturdy as a tractor.  Super sturdy/minimal design with heavy gauge material means this chair will outlive us all.
Upholstery has been replaced with new Vitra fabric and new latex foam.
Dimension Details:
36”ht 31”dp 26”w 16”seat ht    $5400

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