Art Deco Amboyna & Velvet Armchair

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These Art Deco chairs designed by Emile Jacques Ruhlmann are not just incredibly stylish, they are also solid, comfortable, and made of the finest materials.

My collection of Ruhlmann chairs on Pinterest

My favorite is the club chair seen on the lower left hand side.

In this article we’ll take a look at my 3D model of a Ruhlmann armchair, and then check out a selection of some contemporary interpretations of Ruhlmann’s fabulous design.

3D Visualization

In the book Furniture: World Styles from Classical to Contemporary by Judith Miller (Dorling Kindersley, 2011), there is a photo of this type of club chair. Here is my 3D model of it:

My 3D Model of a Ruhlmann armchair

My 3D Model of a Ruhlmann armchair

“This unsigned [Emile-Jacques] Ruhlmann armchair is made of burr amboyna with ebony detailing, gilt metal sabots, and brown velvet upholstery. It appears to be the first model of the macassar ebony and ivory chair that Ruhlmann for Jacques Doucet in 1913. c.1913. H:100.5cm; W:68.5cm” (Excerpt from p. 393 of Furniture: World Styles from Classical to Contemporary by Judith Miller.)

In this model, I made some modifications to the original piece by adding a chocolate bar-like pattern to the brown velvet, and omitting a vertical line pattern at the base and velvet lining on the inner back part of the chair. For the throw pillow cover I used a sesame Scallop Embroidery fabric by F. Schumacher & Co.

Get the Look

Pollaro Custom Furniture offers hand-made reproductions of this famous Ruhlmann chair.

Pair of armchairs designed by Ruhlmann

I love how you can customize not just the type of wood but also the upholstery. The pair pictured here is made of Macassar Ebony, and inlaid with ivory. The details are exquisite!

The Art Deco Club Chair: Contemporary Interpretations

I love the seamless lines of Ruhlmann’s stunning design. Here are some contemporary club chairs that have that streamlined Art Deco touch.


Armen Living Orion Rust Chenille Club Chair

Armen Living Orion Rust Chenille Club Chair

The Orion Rust Chenille Club Chair features seamless back and arms for that chic Art Deco look. This chair will fit in any modern home while adding a touch of elegant Deco.

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Armen Living Bycast Brown Leather Club Chair

Armen Living Bycast Brown Leather Club Chair

With its seamless back and arms, the Bycast Brown Leather Club Chair will make a sleek addition to a modern study or living room.


Armen Living Contessa Brown Club Chair with Nailhead Accents

Armen Living Contessa Brown Club Chair with Nailhead Accents

With its mellow brown velvet upholstery and nailhead trim, the Contessa Brown Club Chair with Nailhead Accents makes a stylish and comfortable chair.

Related Links

External Links to Sources

Art Deco Chairs by Ruhlmann – my collection of Ruhlmann chairs on Pinterest. Check it out to see the sources.
Pollaro Custom Furniture – offers hand-crafted reproductions of Ruhlmann and other Art Deco masters’ furniture.

Recommended Book


Furniture: World Styles from Classical to Contemporary
by Judith Miller
(Dorling Kindersley, 2011)

This beautiful book is a real treasure trove of furniture, encyclopaedic in scope, with excellent photographs. Written with knowledge, understanding, and a great deal of passion. My absolute favorite book in the Furniture category.

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2 Comments

  1. noritan says:

    Sitting feel of this Ruhlmann armchair seems to be very good.
    How much is this chair?

    • clairekaiya says:

      Hi! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to determine how much this one actually costs. Apparently there are several versions of it (for some examples, click here, SC122 – SC123) but couldn’t find one on auction. Ruhlmann’s fine pieces (signed or not) were known to be notoriously expensive but still highly coveted by collectors. It was said that Ruhlmann spared no expense in building his furniture and his fans willingly bought them. I would encourage you to check out Pollaro Custom Furniture— they create handmade, built-to-order replica period pieces, and have an extensive portfolio of Ruhlmann designs.

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