She got a makeover.
Betty is a Mid-Century Modern Swivel Rocking Accent Club Chair
Betty was one of the most popular baby girl names in 1930. When this chair was produced, Betty was probably getting married, around the age of 22. She picked out this chair because it fit her very pregnant body frame and would be comfortable when she needed to rock her baby into slumber.
Her husband liked it because it had a small footprint, taking up only 5.63 square feet of their, three bedroom rambler, living room. Her husband also liked it because it was made of steel, sinuous springs (like the seats in a car) and hardwood. Authentic “manly” materials that would last their lifetime.
This chair did last the lifetime of Betty and her husband. Betty’s beloved chair was delivered to their first and only home, in Edina, MN, in 1958. The chair never left this home – until Betty’s children needed to liquidate a lifetime of inventory and memories. In the winter of 2018, the chair came out of the Edina house and was honorably salvaged by House Language Studio, based in Waconia, MN.
Betty’s legacy lives on in this piece and has been given new life with a Maharam fabric pattern, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1947. It has been professionally re-upholstered by Everafter Upholstery in Minnetonka, MN.
Betty is a one-of-a-kind beauty. There are no other chairs of this style with this fabric – ANYWHERE! And there never will be, I promise!
– Amy Rottunda, designer/curator/founder of House Language Studio.
30w, 33h, 26d, 17sh (seat height), 23ah (arm height)
Fabric Dot Pattern by Charles & Ray Eames, 1947
71% cotton, 29% polyester.
40,000 double rubs, Wyzenbeek test rating.
Circa 1955, original materials. Hardwood, plywood, sinuous springs, new burlap and Dacron pad.
House Language Studio – Amy Rottunda, BFA