This safari chair is EXACTLY what the designer ordered!! This is a SPECTACULAR vintage safari lounge chair model “Chelsea” designed by Maurice Burke for Arkana Furniture! It is comprised of a fantastic teak frame, tubular black metal runners in the front, back, and both sides holding the seat. It is wearing the original GORGEOUS cognac faux leather or vinyl and it is accented with oversized steel rivets that are both decorative AND functional. And these arms!! Curved in all the right places, covered in the elegant cognac faux leather, and ergonomically pleasing! It is simply STUNNING! Planning on going on Safari any time soon? We’ve got you covered! LOL… not really, we wouldn’t recommend it for an actual safari; however, as with safari chairs, this one is designed to be totally disassembled and it packs flat for convenient shipping and easy moving. This incredible chair is versatile and stylish enough to go in practically ANY room and will blend in beautifully with multiple décor preferences whether MCM or mid-century modern, modern, maximalist, minimalist, or industrial. It would be great in your dressing room, in the sitting room next to an accent table, or at the entry as a fabulous spot to remove your shoes.
Arkana Furniture was founded in Falkirk, Scotland with offices in Bath. They were best known for the production of the Tulip Chairs. In the mid to late 60’s, the Christie Tyler Group took over Arkana, which also included Avalon Furniture and the Bath Cabinet Makers in Bath, England.
There is little information out there about Maurice Burke however, throughout our extensive research and a few quotes from a conversation on “Design Addict,” we know that he was born in the UK in 1921 and he died in 2013. He had several patents, designed for Arkana in 1960-1970’s, and he owned Burke Inc. which was located in Dallas, Texas. Brunswick acquired Burke Inc. in 1963.
Versatility? Check! Durability & Comfort? Check!! Iconic Reputation? CHECK!!! This phenomenal vintage Chelsea Safari Chair designed by Maurice Burke for Arkana Furniture checks ALL of the boxes! What are you waiting for? Make it YOURS!!!!