A leather 'ear' chair created for Hotel 57 in New York.
The Frankie and Johnnie chairs recall a blues song popular when the hotel was first built by Mr. Blum, a fashion designer in the 1920's.
Hotel 57 was originally built to attract progressive women in the arts and academics in the flapper era.
The chairs encircle a lobby fireplace. Wingback, or “ear chairs”, were designed to collect the heat generated by a fireplace for it’s occupant.
A blues song about a love triangle popular when Mr. Blum’s hotel first opened inspired the design of the Frankie and Johnnie “ear chairs” Variations on the song were recorded by Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash, Burl Ives and Taj Mahal.
The chair is composed of Kevlar and glass
fiber reinforced, integrally colored,
non-combustible resin and leather.
The chair was made in Chicago in 2008.
28 w x 36 d x 46 h in (inches)
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