Did you know that pool lounge chairs could be so beautifully designed that they could become pieces of art? I didn’t, until about a year ago when I stumbled on a yellow and blue pair of Fibrella lounge pool chairs. I was hooked and begged my wife to let me bring them home.
This fascination with vintage fiberglass/plastic furniture inspired me to see what other unique pool loungers could be out there waiting for me to discover them. Here are four pieces of vintage outdoor fiberglass furniture to keep your eyes out for while out on the estate sale hunt (some a little easier to find than others)!
These were my first love, the Fibrella poolside furniture pieces by Le Barron Pool & Patio Furniture. Information about the history of Fibrella is limited, though according to retrorenovation.com Aquaslide “n” Dive of El Monte, Calif may have had their hands in the manufacturing of these pieces through the 60s and 70s.
Fibrella did not limit themselves to just lounge chairs either; they also had patio tables and chairs that have just as funky of a design.
Eurolax R1 Lounge Chair designed by Charles Zublena
Italian designer Charles Zublena designed this beauty for the French company Plastiques de Bourgogne. He created multiple versions of plastic pool chaise lounges with the Eurolax R1 being designed explicitly for “Club Med” in 1965. This piece would be rare to find at an estate sale in the United States, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible. Keep your eyes out!
Marc Newson Orgone Chair and Chaise Lounge
Marc Newson is an Australian designer who has designed a wide range of products for companies you probably heard of: Apple, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc, Hermès, Nike, Hennessy, Dom Pérignon, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Beretta, and this scratches the surface. His first well-known lounge chair was the LC1 Lounge that he created at the age of 23 in 1986. In 1989 he released the Orgone Lounge, which was inspired after surfboards.
Ten years later, in 1998, Newson created the Plastic Orgone Chair. This chair was designed to be made inexpensively and have a cheaper price tag. I would love to pair one of these chairs with the chaise lounge, though I might have a hard time putting them outside even if they were made to handle the weather.
This chair is one of those “let’s dream big” chairs. These are incredibly rare, and the odds of finding one in the wild is next to none, but not impossible. Imagine how cool you would look by your pool, catching some rays in one of these beauties. It was designed by German Sculptor Gunter Ferdinand Ris and German designer/architect Herbert Selldorf for the company Rosenthal in Germany.
One of these will set you back around $20,000, but it might be well spent when you think about how impressed your friends will be. I can’t help but think maybe the guys from Daft Punk own one or two of these.
You are not limited to just the above four brands. There are other brands of fiberglass pool furniture that have been manufactured over the years. The records surrounding these companies, along with the companies themselves, are long gone. It seems that there were many popup manufacturers and brands of fiberglass pool furniture that lasted for a while before quickly disappearing. Next time you are estate sale shopping, keep your eyes out for one or two of these funky loungers.