Lounge Seating

Bumper Lounge Chair

Bumper Lounge Chair with standard arms and four star base.

Pitch perfect, both literally and figuratively

Enjoy the design choices Ward Bennett made to enhance the comfort of his Bumper Chair—the sweeping form, integral back support, intentionally short seat—all at a pitch ideal for lounging. Bumper Lounge Chairs feature a four-star swivel base with a return-to-center mechanism. Available with standard arms.

Designed by
Ward Bennett

Built in
Hildebran, NC


Bumper Chair with Low Arms in a meeting room environment with a Domino Meeting Table.

Master of reinvention

One of legendary designer Ward Bennett’s best-known designs, his 1964 Bumper Chair was inspired by the tub-shaped, leather-clad swivel chair used by George Washington in his Mount Vernon estate.

Bumper Lounge Chair with low arms and four star base side view.

Wrap-around comfort

The Bumper Lounge Chair is available with standard arms, which follow the gentle sweep of its bucket seat and provide a place to rest your elbows while seated.

Bumper Chairs group shot with both low arm and standard arms and all base options.

Upping the ante for upholstery

Geiger’s skilled team of upholsterers are always up for the challenge of Bumper’s fully upholstered seat, with its generous curves, tight allowances, and minimal seaming. We've curated a selection of our top textiles for you to choose from when specifying your Bumper Chair.

Bumper Chair group shot with standard arms.

Design Story

Ward Bennett’s own back problems informed his approach to seating design. As with most of the other chairs and sofas in his oeuvre, his Bumper Chairs feature a comfortable pitch and short seat—both intended to relieve pressure on the sitter’s lower back. “Even as they are sculpture,” Bennett said, “chairs must, first and foremost, support the human frame.”