The Peninsula Chair

Phloem is exhibiting for the first time at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City this May 18th through the 21st.  I’ll be in Booth 1370 with some brand new furniture debuting at the show.

The Peninsula Chair is one of those new pieces debuting at ICFF.  It’s a leather sling chair I designed with help from Matt Pierce of Wood & Faulk.  Matt and I are studio mates and we’ve been talking about designing a leather sling chair for a while now.  It was inspired by a sling chair from 1964 by Jerry Johnson.  Alex Olavarria of Quimby TV documented the entire process – from the initial design phase, through prototyping, and into building the first batch of chairs.  You can watch this little video he made below.


The Peninsula Chair is a lounge chair composed of a leather sling attached to a solid wood frame with simple brass rods.   The profile limbs come together tightly towards the center, giving it added strength and a nice visual weight, with each limb spiraling and tapering outwards.  The Peninsula slings are easily interchangeable by removing the rods, and the entire chair comes apart with 8 oval head brass machine screws.  I grew up in Michigan, a state surrounded by water.  The name is fitting for a chair that is simple, honest, and distinct.  It is a chair for lounging in refined, relaxed form.  The Peninsula Chair is currently available in domestic hardwoods or ebonized ash, with heavy leather sling options in earth tones or black.

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Benjamin Klebba –

This website will be completely new on Friday, May 17th, 2013.  We’ve been working very hard over the past year or so creating a pair of new lines — the Arris Collection and the Meredith Cases.  I can’t wait to show them to you.













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2 Responses to The Peninsula Chair

  1. Maurits says:

    Beautiful chairs Ben, simple and refined.
    Greetings from the Netherlands,

  2. Mark Gilsdorf says:

    Love these! Really like the brass rod assemblage. Reminiscent of the Victorian campaign furniture that Chris Schwarz has been writing about lately.

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