- Designed & engineered according to exact specifications of the Reagan chair
- Each executive chair built-to-order, one at a time, by American hands
- Diamond-tufted back, tacked by hand; leather cover full nail trimmed
- Exterior frame crafted in precious mahogany; interior frame in hard maple
- Upholstered in top-grain leather from Italian cowhides, choice of 10 colors
- Measures: 31½w x 32”d x 42½”h; Seat Depth: 19”; Seat Height: 16¾”
- Proudly Made-in-America by the venerable Kittinger Company of Buffalo, NY
Executive Privilege, Circa 1980.
When he first entered the White House in 1981, Ronald Reagan was a vigorous 69-year-old Republican who promised a new "morning in America." He managed to project the optimism of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the faith in small-town America of Dwight D. Eisenhower and the vigor of John F. Kennedy as he restored much of America's faith in itself and in the presidency.
For his personal use in the Oval Office, President Ronald Reagan selected a chair to match the sheer force of his personality, crafted by the Kittinger Company, manufacturer of traditional American furniture since 1866. The Kittinger Executive Swivel Chair, a symbol of quiet strength and American exceptionalism, served our 40th President throughout his two terms.
The Kittinger Company of Buffalo, New York, was founded right after the end of the Civil War, committed the firm to the highest standards and, by implication, challenged its competitors to do the same. The company grew and prospered, as it entered the office furniture market, and in 1937 Kittinger was awarded an exclusive license to manufacture furniture reproductions for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Upholstering materials and techniques used to hand-craft the Kittinger Executive Swivel Chair are as old as the company itself. Hundreds of tacks are individually placed by hand, and material is hand-sewn. The frame is constructed of solid maple, ideal because of its durability, and the exposed wood surface is mahogany to complement the natural leather. Once the frame is assembled, coiled springs are embedded in the seat for support. Springs are interlocked and hand-tied in eight ways to add strength and ensure comfort. Then the springs are covered with six layers of cushioning.
Patient, skilled attention to the smallest of details makes the Kittinger Executive Swivel Chair a masterpiece, worthy of its place in White House history.