Origin of the Roorkhee Campaign Chair.
The Roorkhee chair (sometimes called the Roorkee chair) was originally designed as a British Army campaign chair. It was first built in the town of Roorkhee in the foothills of the Himalayas by an unknown artisan working for the Indian Army Corps of Engineers, then part of the British Army. In 1899, the British Army faced an entirely new type of enemy. The Boer War in South Africa changed warfare forever. The enemy was tough, mounted guerillas with exceptional shooting skills who outmatched the British at every turn. The over-designed campaign furniture of the Victorian Era was unpractical for the new hit-and-run tactics which demanded something lighter and more versatile. The Roorkhee Campaign Chair fitted the bill perfectly. Light, practical, and easy to disassemble for travel yet still robust enough to stand rough treatment. The design also had the advantage of allowing the chair to adjust to uneven ground.
In 1933 Kaare Klint, considered by many to be the father of modern Danish design came across the Roorkhee chair while on safari in Africa. He re-invented the Roorkhee campaign chair and called it the Safari Chair. Ironically, it then became an iconic example of Danish Modern design.
We have adapted the original design of the Roorkhee Chair to beef up the timber sections and give a wider, more comfortable seat and backrest. The backrest swivels flawlessly on purpose-designed and commissioned solid brass bolts that add real class to the chairs. We also commissioned the solid brass buttons that hold the harness leather armrests in place. Brass nameplates hold the rear of the armrest to the rear leg.
These safari chairs are hand-turned in beautiful and durable African mahogany. The timber is finished with a fine furniture oil making it ideal for interior or exterior use. It is designed to be easy to assemble and disassemble, with no tools required.
- Full-thickness pure veg-tanned bovine harness leather hand-stitched and riveted for exceptional comfort and durability.
- Double padded Canvas in Karoo khaki, sand or grey.
- Karoo Khaki canvas with built in cushion
The African Touch Roorkhee Campaign Chair is ideal for the following uses:
- In a Safari Camp or Lodge outdoors on uneven ground in the boma or around the campfire – the legs automatically adjust to the uneven ground.
- In hotels, camps, or lodges as a comfortable chair to relax in your room, on the stoep, or in a living area.
- In your 4 x 4 vehicle when on expedition. Folded and packed in a canvas travel bag while on the move.
- At home anywhere!
One thing I have noticed is that the Roorkhee chair is very comfortable to read a book in – the leather armrests adjust to the perfect angle to hold your elbows as you hold the book!
Please contact us for a custom African Touch for your home.
|Dimensions||68 × 21 × 21 cm|
Canvas double padded grey, Canvas double padded Karoo Khaki, Canvas Double Padded sand, Canvas Karoo Khaki Cushion Seat, Safari Harness Leather
|Canvas carry bag||
With canvas carry bag, Without Canvas carry bag