Rare Prototype Convertible Sofa and Chair Designed by Stewart Macdougall


This prototype convertible sofa and chair designed by Stewart Macdougall was pulled from his personal Santa Barbara estate. White metal frame with maple capped top rails give these pieces a very modern aesthetic reminiscent of Vista of California or George Nelson's work. Could be used inside or outside. Would be great outside next to a pool. Side and back cushions are easily removed to create long day bed. The upholstery is a good condition. We have the documentation to prove its authenticity (see last to pictures of Stewart Macdougall booklets of his life's work). 


Couch 91 L x 32 D 30.5H 

Seat Height :18

Chair 45L x 32 D x 30.5H 

Seat Height :18


About the Designer: 

STEWART MACDOUGALL was born in 1927 in Pasadena.  He attributes his fascination with design to growing up in house built by prominent architect brothers Charles S. and Henry M. Greene.  MacDougall overcame early learning disabilities while attending Miss Orton's Classical School for Girls, which was run by his mother.  After a brief stint in the Navy, he attended the Chouinard Art Institute.  He then went to work for Victor Gruen Associates where the principal designer, architect Rudolf Baumfeld, a student of Le Corbusier's, became his mentor.  This association cemented MacDougall's design aesthetic. 

KIPP STEWART & STEWART MACDOUGALL both emerged from the California modernist movement of the mid 20th century.  They pooled their talents in the late 1950s to design a line of modern domestic furnishings in natural walnut for the DREXEL Furniture Company—'Declaraton'.  At the time DREXEL, who pioneered the concept of partnering with freelancers to conceptualize new and innovative designs, was the quintessential furniture manufacturer in the US.  The 'Declaration' line was introduced to the public in 1960 and immediately hailed as an important contribution to American design.  Several items were chosen by the US Government Design Committee to be displayed at the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958.  These pieces are considered classics of the genre today. They pair went on to design for Glenn of California too. 

A striving for simple line without fussiness is clearly apparent throughout his work, whether in furniture, sailboats, golf equipment, or sculpture.  MacDougall's use to split his time between Montecito, California, and Nantucket with his wife of many years, his lifetime muse.