I’m technically on my third recliner chair, left on a friends verandah more than 15 years ago, mostly home to spiders and the occasional cat, my chair sits idle awaiting a new life.
I found this chair on the side of the road discarded amongst other household items, no longer wanted by its owner and likely replaced with a more stylish ‘couch’ or ‘modular’ lounge suite.
All three of my chairs had been ‘acquired’ in a similar way, the first one as I remember was found on the side of South Road in Adelaide around 1988, I’m not sure if it was to be picked up by someone or had simply been dragged outside and left for someone to collect, these chairs provide a level of comfort not found in a newer lounge chair, with the option to both rock and recline, they were a chair that many people would have fallen asleep in after lunch when taking ‘forty winks’ which is something my Dad was known to do.
My chairs have all been ‘Jason Recliner Rockers’, manufactured under license in New Zealand from the US La-Z-Boy company. Two brothers started the La-Z-Boy company in the 1920’s with a design that was perfect for ‘natures way of relaxing’ even though there are many hundreds of designs, all three of my chairs have been a basic tan vinyl with almost identical styling.
Recently when reading the blog of Chris Harne (Chronicles of Harnia) I was introduced to the phrase ‘Life is easy chair’, I’m not sure where this line comes from, or if Chris too has a ‘chair’ story but it sure does fit the La-Z-Boy
I’m hopeful that the fourth chair, which I may even have to pay for will be the last ‘life is easy chair’ that I ever need and I can settle in for many a good nap as the twilight years approach.