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Folding Lounge Chair

Decorative Arts

This folding lounge chair was made as the deck chair for the SS United States ocean liner, launched in 1952. The ship, which soon achieved the record for the fastest Atlantic crossing, cost a staggering seventy-eight million dollars and was noteworthy for its extensive use of aluminum and its modern décor. The Troy Sunshade Company was an American firm that pioneered the manufacture of tubular steel furniture in the 1930s and then aluminum furniture in the postwar period. Hundreds of these chairs were made for the liner and remained with the ship until 1984, when the fittings and furniture were auctioned. The ship is now docked in Philadelphia awaiting refurbishment.
MEDIUM Aluminum, plastic, nylon webbing
DATES ca.1952
DIMENSIONS 34 3/4 x 24 5/8 x 61 7/8 in. (88.3 x 62.5 x 157.2cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Barbara Jakobson
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CAPTION Troy Sunshade Company, a division of Hobart Manufacturing Company. Folding Lounge Chair, ca.1952. Aluminum, plastic, nylon webbing, 34 3/4 x 24 5/8 x 61 7/8 in. (88.3 x 62.5 x 157.2cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Barbara Jakobson, 2002.15. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, CUR.2002.15_view1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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Folding Lounge Chair