"Retombante" Stool

Designer Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann French

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The model name refers to this stool’s unusual shape. Its minimal sloping back support—really just an extension of the unusually deep seat—gives the impression that anyone sitting too far back might easily fall off. The legs lend a somewhat anthropomorphic aspect to the piece, accentuated by the velvet upholstery imitating fur.

"Retombante" Stool, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann (French, Paris 1879–1933 Paris), Lacquered beech, silvered bronze, and modern upholstery

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