Warren McArthur Jr. an American industrial designer and manufacturer, active in Los Angeles and New York. Raised in Chicago, Illinois during a time when new technology and design was encouraged.
In 1929 Mcarthur started a metal furniture business using his custom designs developing new ways of joining metal pieces together. Notched aluminum tubes with milled washers, standardized manufacturing, and the anodizing process that made the aluminum hard and impossible to tarnish were all developed by McArthur, allowing his aluminum furniture to have a lifetime guarantee. Some of the technological innovations in aluminum furniture production that Warren McArthur devised are still used today.
McArthur enjoyed an incredible success with Hollywood's elite and both the Ambassador Hotel and Warner Brothers decorated their buildings with his designs. Many movies made during the time featured McArthur's furniture, and are recognizable for their curved tubing design and rounded edges. his His signature grid with overlaying bars in the framework, black "puck" feet and "tootsie roll" armrests used on lounges, sofas, chairs and end tables made for some of his most successful sellers. These trademark design elements along with the use of colors for the upholstery and for the aluminum using an anodizing process the furniture was dramatic + contrasting.
McArthur’s furniture quickly became popular with the Hollywood crowd and both Warner Brothers and the Ambassador Hotel decorated their establishments with his designs. Many movies made during the time featured McArthur's furniture, and they are very recognizable for their curved tubing design and rounded edges. Lounges, sofas, and end tables with his signature grid and overlaying bars in the framework were some of his best sellers.
McArthur's furniture helped define the glamor of 1930's Art Deco curves.
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Pair Art Deco Warren McArthur Armchairs for Arizona Biltmore Hotel
Great Pair of Art Deco Warren McArthur Aluminium Armchairs
This pair of American art deco armchairs designed by Warren McArthur for the Phoenix Arizona Biltmore Hotel in the 1930's. Constructed of a sweeping aluminum structure anodized by McArthur’s process, the chairs have their original rubber "puck" feet and gray leather upholstered cushions. Pair of chairs in in excellent original condition. Each armchair retains part of the Warren McArthur Corporation decal on the frame. Warren McArthur made this design in two sizes, this is the smaller, measuring 29.5" high by 19.75 wide and 21" deep.
Warren McArthur American Art Deco Aluminium Bar Stool
Original Orange Vinyl and Aluminium
Great Art Deco Warren McArthur stool with original orange vinyl. The aluminium is in great original condition with few scuff consistent with age and uses. This is a seldom seen Warren McArthur piece.