Bob Roukema Armchair and Ottoman for Jon Jansen – Blush
A coveted icon of mid-century New Zealand design.
During the 1950's legendary furniture store Jon Jansen was at the cutting edge of progressive modern design. At the forefront of this push to introduce conservative New Zealanders to the latest in contemporary furniture was Jon Jansen's talented in-house designer Bob Roukema.
This memorable armchair features clean lines, splayed legs and atomic influences. It captures the optimistic space age exuberance that defined modern living during the 1950s. It was also a chair that helped progress the acceptance of modern design to the masses. Even the most conservative Kiwi with upstanding Victorian era morals could feel safe bringing one of these home, unlike some of the other more daring designs on the Jon Jansen showroom floor.
A 1955 photo of the Jon Jansen exhibit at the Easter Show displays an image of this armchair in the bottom left corner. This chair is included in the permanent collection of our national museum Te Papa and has become a rare and highly desirable mid century classic.
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Materials: The feet are beautifully crafted from solid oak
Wood Finish: Excellent original condition with new finish applied
Construction: Joints are sturdy and solid. All checked and ready to go
Fabric Type: Reupholstered with Carter 'Rose Water' designer fabric from James Dunlop. Composition: 100% PL. Care: Do not bleach / Do not iron / Do not tumble dry / Drip dry in shade / Drycleaning Gentle cycle / Machine wash cool gentle cycle
Foam: New high quality upholstery foam has a 10-year guarantee