By George.

I stumbled upon this vintage (circa 1958) Swag Leg Armchair at Manitoga, the Hudson River valley home and studio of the late Russel Wright. The chair was designed by George Nelson, and to me, it always looks like it’s smiling or about to say something (“Aren’t you going to answer that phone?”). I’m glad that Herman Miller preserved that part of the design (“It could be your mother calling.”) when they reintroduced the collection a few years ago. However, they did update the materials – from molded fiberglass to recyclable polypropylene – while maintaining the sculptural shape that fits the body and provides a pleasant “give.” Don’t forget, the Herman Miller Sale ends Sunday. (“Necessity is the mother of invention.”)