David Colwell Trannon C1 Reclining Lounge Chair and Ottoman Rattan


1970-79 c.

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A uniquely designed lounge chair by the well-known Welsh Designer David Colwell. While this chair is no longer in production pictures of it are still available are his website. It was a custom order item. It became quite an iconic design when it was purchased by the Victoria and Albert Museum when it was first designed. It was made in rattan as this one or with a cloth cover. This chair is quite sturdy and surprisingly comfortable. The ottoman measures 17.5 W, 17 D and 13 T. A brief description from the designer’s website;

The first of the Trannon range of steam bent ash chairs. Designed in 1978, modified in ’81 and looking as fresh today as it did then, C1 was an instant hit.

It was purchased early on by the V & A, who recognized the significance of its design, and followed by numerous other collectors.

For all its critical acclaim this is, like all Trannon pieces, essentially a practical chair.

It has three seating positions, from conversational to snooze mode and folds flat. The rattan battens provide supple support making it exquisitely comfortable.

It is available in rattan or upholstered versions, with or without foot stool. Upholstery is removable and reversible.

Arms are shock absorbing webbing stiffened with rattan.

Retention cord is adjusted with a turned boxwood toggle.