Published at Friday, March 30th, 2018 - 20:13:02 PM. Balloon Chair. By Flore Girault.
In this same period, the balloon-back chair was also introduced, but not without problems as, again, the Australian cedar timber was not very kind to both designers and manufacturers alike. The balloon-back chair is certainly pleasing to the eye but, unfortunately, its weakness lies in where the balloon back joins the rear legs, along with the other problems that the traditional bar back may have had. They are an excellent chair but must certainly be treated with respect; that is, pick them up with both hands or by the back rail, not the splat. It only makes sense and, if considered, the balloon back chair must be weaker as the cresting rail (top rail) is often held with a single dowel on each side of the balloon as opposed to a tapered dovetail joint as seen on rail-back chairs of the period. These chairs mostly have turned legs, but occasionally the hoop and legs are carved; they were covered with sprung stuff over seats often in leather or simulated leather.
The first plus is the bulk; such chairs are not as bulky or space-consuming as chairs with arms. This factor makes them the ideal choice especially in places where space comes at a premium. Such apartments or office spaces will benefit better from armless upholstered chairs than from normal padded chairs with arms. Another advantage is the simplicity these chairs represent. There is a unique simplistic elegance that is displayed by an armless padded chair. This is especially evident in swivel office chairs.
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