Colonial: Reclining Easy Chair


Museum of Design Excellence

Museum of Design Excellence
Mumbai, India

The reclining-easy chair gained popularity in homes during the British Rule. The legs of this type of chair resembled the curule style - a type of crossbar-like feature where the legs were in a U-shape and consisted of pieces joined in the middle. They were usually made of firmly woven rattan and wood. The elongated arms and reclining back were meant to lend comfort to the sitter.

The edges of the wooden frame of the seat comprise a slightly curved scroll-like pattern which is also seen on the arms. The back of this reclining chair has a wing-like protrusion. Its open and inviting form is suggestive of ease and leisure.


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