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Mid Century General Fireproofing Office Chair Aqua Atomic Industrial Eames Era

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This is a stunning Mid Century office/task chair.

I was fortunate to come across two of these at an estate sale. They are the same design in every way except one has a dark metal label/tag and the other a light colored label/ tag.

This listing is for the one with the light tag. Made by The General Fireproofing Company. Circa 1950s. Original aqua vinyl seat covering. Great condition showing minimal signs of wear and use. Some edge wear to the vinyl seat as well as some dulling and light scuffing to the metal.

SHIPPING INFO: This is a large and heavy chair and is best suited for local pick up. Also available is shipping via Greyhound Bus. Please convo me for more information if you are interested. Thank you!

The General Fireproofing Company (GF) Founded in 1902 in Youngstown, Ohio as a manufacturer of building materials. During the panic of 1907, when all building practically ceased, the company decided to emphasize their line of steel office furniture. GF’s first 4-drawer steel vertical file was built in 1910, and their first fireproof safe was introduced in 1912.
In 1923 GF decided to produce a standardized steel desk which could be made on an assembly. This led to the introduction of the 1600 Series in 1925, which was produced well into the 1970’s. Starting in the 1950’s, these were the largest selling commerical office desks in the world.

The world’s first all-aluminum office chair was designed by the ALCOA company in 1924. In 1929 GF began manufacturing their own aluminum chairs, the first of which were shipped in 1930. These first chairs were copies of the wood office chairs popular at the time, and were even painted with woodgrain finishes.

The “Goodform” seating line began in August 1932 with the introduction of the Model #2123. Ten more models were introduced in 1935. The original Comfort Master executive office chair came out in 1937 and was redeisgned in 1939. Also in 1939, the institutional twin Models #4303 and #4304 were announced.

During World War II, GF ceased production of all its regular products in order to manufacture aircraft parts. After VJ Day, almost the entire plant had to be converted back to the manufacture of furniture, and by 1946 the company was producing the same volume they were in 1938. In 1948, GF introduced the Mode-Maker line of executive office desks, designed in collaboration with Raymond Loewy.

Many of GF’s furniture lines were discontinued in the 1970’s, and the original company went bankrupt in 1989 and was bought by TANG Industries of Gallatin, Tennessee. Vintage General Fireproofing Adjustable Aluminum Chair Model 2123
=Introduced in August 1932 as the first chair in the seating line=
Date of manufacture May 1976

Adjustable aluminum chair
Secretarial small back
4-Star base on casters
Aqua original vinyl upholstery

Mid Century General Fireproofing Office Chair Aqua Atomic Industrial Eames Era


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: aliminum, steel, vinyl
  • Only ships within United States.
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