Vintage Ingmar Relling Siesta Chairs
Vintage Ingmar Relling Siesta Chairs are original pieces of furniture created by the renowned Norwegian designer Ingmar Relling.

Brief history and description

Not only was Ingmar Relling one of the most influential furniture designers in Scandinavian history, he was also the first to design the popular "Siesta" chair in the early 1960s. Since then, nearly a million Siesta chairs have been manufactured, and many have been featured in various notable international museums and galleries as well.

The frames of Ingmar Relling Siesta chairs are typically constructed of bent and laminated beech, and can come in a variety of different styles such as lacquered beech, untreated beech, teak, alder, cherry, black stain, mahogany and rosewood. Ingmar Relling Siesta Chairs are unique because they tend to have either high or low backs and no arms, along with a footstool and leather or fabric cushions.

The style of the Relling Siesta chair draws from influences of ergonomic studies and the environment, and are said to be a prime example of what is considered to be the best of modern Scandinavian furniture design.


Ingmar Relling Siesta lounge chairs

Wright in Chicago, Illinois sold a rosewood and leather Ingmar Relling Siesta lounge chair (circa 1965) for $100 in June of 2009.

Ingmar Relling Westnofa Siesta chairs

Burchard Galleries Inc in St. Petersburg, Florida sold two black leather Ingmar Relling Westnofa Siesta chairs (circa 1960s; 31.25" in height) for $200 in September of 2009.

Harlowe-Powell Auction Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia sold two Ingmar Relling Westnofa Siesta chairs (circa 1966; 31.5" in height) for $550 in January of 2008.

San Rafael Auction Gallery in San Rafael, California sold two Ingmar Relling Westnofa Siesta chairs (32" in height) which were constructed from bentwood frames and black tufted leather seats for $400 in June of 2010.

Guide for collectors

Matching pairs of Ingmar Relling Westnofa Siesta chairs are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors. Siesta chairs that come with a matching Ottoman are also considered to be rare and valuable.

Restoration of a vintage Ingmar Relling Siesta chair is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring an Ingmar Relling Siesta chair may reduce its value).

For more information regarding vintage Ingmar Relling Siesta chairs, visit Architonic.

(All values based on auction results from

See also

Main article: List of types of chair
Main article: Furniture

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