This rare armchair was designed by Runar Engblom for the Vaakuna Hotel in Helsinki in 1951. The chair was produced for the hotel interior only by the Finnish manufacturer Boman. The curved, round shape gives the chair a striking appearance. The slighty tapered legs are in stained ashwood. The chair has been recently reupholstered in a dark gray / anthracite wool fabric, with a buttoned back and loose cushion following the original upholstery and color of the design. The high back and well thought out dimensions make this a very comfortable chair.
The Vaakuna hotel building in Helsinki was designed by the Finnish architect Erkki Huttunen in 1947. Runar Engblom was responsible for the interior furnishings while Paavo Tynell designed all the lighting. The opening ceremony of the hotel took place on 10 June 1952, right before the Olympic Games in Helsinki. See the last image of this listing for the top floor restaurant lobby of the hotel with the Runar Engblom chairs and Paavo Tynell chandeliers.