Used in the White House under Lyndon B. Johnson's administration, the C140 chair by Jens Risom was famously photographed with Johnson sat in it while he signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Highway Beautification Act in 1965.
Jens Risom is widely considered a pioneer in introducing Danish furniture design to the United States. His early collaboration with Hans Knoll in the 1940's propelled their reputation together and Risom's own company went on to flourish during the 1950's and 60's.
The C140 'Playboy' chair, Circa 1960, gets its name from the 1961 spread titled 'Design For Living' in Playboy magazine. Risom was photographed alongside other mid-century designers, such as Charles Eames, with the C140 chair in its original orange seat cushion and cane backrest.
These chairs were previously covered in their original orange wool fabric but it was beyond repair. They have been newly re-covered in orange 'ZAP' wool fabric produced by Camira in collaboration with the Risom Design Company.
The chairs are in really good vintage condition with new seat cushions and cane all intact. There is a tiny area of cane that has come apart on one chair but hardly visible, this is pictured. The wood has been given a new coat of danish oil and the glides on the chair legs are all present.
Dimensions: 81cmH x 52cmW x 54cmD