Selig-style Z-chair and ottoman

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Project by Ross Leidy posted 09-05-2019 06:17 PM 2919 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the longest time I’ve wanted to build a chair. I’ve always liked the looks of the Selig Z-chair designed by Poul Jensen back in the 50’s, and the projects on this site by other folks who’ve tackled this chair gave me the kick I needed to start my own. I took my first tentative step with some incomplete prototyping back in February, and then in April started in on the actual chair. I inched along up through June, and in July I had a sabbatical and was able to finish both the chair and ottoman by the end of the month.

I thoroughly enjoyed the project and expect to work on more chairs in the future. So many chairs, so little time.

For anyone interested in a deep-dive on the the projects, I blogged both the chair project and ottoman project.

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#1 posted 09-05-2019 07:01 PM

This is gorgeous! If I saw this in a furniture store I would have to have it…. and I don’t think I have ever said that before!

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#2 posted 09-05-2019 07:06 PM

Beautiful work!
Bet they are a joy to use.

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#3 posted 09-05-2019 07:14 PM

with so many chairs looking the same it’s nice to see something totally out of the box once in awhile and this one’s a beautiful looking chair,i love the lines,it’s very sleek.i dont think i commented but i did follow your blog on the chair.nice work all around.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 09-05-2019 08:38 PM

Wow they came out great! Like the fabric you chose for the cushions and all the small details that lifts this design over a lot of chairs of the same era.
Looking forward to see what the next project is going to be

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#5 posted 09-05-2019 09:17 PM

Exceptional work. Great looking fabric. I enjoyed the blog.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 09-05-2019 10:13 PM

A fine set! I enjoyed following your blog.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 09-06-2019 01:03 AM

Ross, This is a beautiful piece. It looks amazingly stylish with or without upholstery. Great job!

-- AJ

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#8 posted 09-06-2019 01:36 AM

Very nice work!

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 09-06-2019 03:05 AM

хорошая работа

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#10 posted 09-06-2019 04:45 AM

Great work!

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#11 posted 09-06-2019 11:15 AM

Thanks for all the kind words, guys!

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#12 posted 09-07-2019 12:56 AM

I followed the whole creative/build process and your attention to details and quality workmanship is superb. The set came out fantastic. Again, congratulations!!

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#13 posted 09-07-2019 03:28 PM

I’m a sucker for MCM style. Fantastic pieces . And your blog on the build excellent. Thanks for sharing the process with us. Definitely on my someday list.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#14 posted 09-08-2019 03:18 PM

Fine work Ross. Thanks for the blog. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#15 posted 05-24-2020 04:26 PM

Beautiful job! I have wanted to do a chair and really like the Danish, 50’s, mid century modern styles, but have never tried it. My favorite is still the Eames Lounge chair, which I will eventually build once I tackle veneering.

I flipped through your blog on your latest build, (in reverse..) and will be following, super nice and very clean precise workmanship. Fixing little bobbles in joinery is something I have also had experience with and I think it makes me a better craftsman.

Thanks for sharing this and Im excited to watch your current build come to a finish.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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