Sélection de meubles rares de designer canadien émerites

Selection of rares furnitures of canadian designers

A. J. Donahue 

Lounge chair 
Designed Circa 1940/1950 

The "Winnipeg Chair"

Also known as the "Canadian Coconut Chair,"

Having a bent plywood frame with original light-orange pile upholstery raised on a metal splayed-leg base.  

A Canadian icon from the Mid Century Modern era by architect A.J. Donahue. Affectionately known as the "CANADIAN COCONUT CHAIR" or the "WINNIPEG CHAIR" Donahue produced these lounge chairs in the late 1940s & early 1950s with the help of his architectural students at the University of Manitoba. Features a bent plywood shell with a metal rod base and rubber shock mounts. Originally the chairs exterior plywood shell was left exposed but this particular chair has recently been fully re-upholstered by the previous owner. This was done most likely to hide surface wear that had occurred over time to the exposed part of the shell. Regardless...a super comfortable chair with tons of Modern era character and unique history as it is estimated that only around 200 units were ever produced.


http://news.umanitoba.ca/the-winnipeg-chair/

Bob Forrest

The "2001 Chair"

Canadian, industrial designer, 1970s, clear Lucite, two white leather slip cushions, white powder coated steel swivel base, with U.S. and Canadian patents, otherwise unmarked.

L'image Design, Toronto.


James Donahue ?

1950s, similar as the "Canadian Coconut Chair," white mohair and naugahyde upholstery with oak arms and four tubular legs with black ball feet, unmarked.