curved maple venneer-armed carlyle recliner
Photo: Geoffrey Sokol
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Retro Recliner

The last great leap forward—or lean back, really—took place in 1929, when two enterprising cousins from Monroe, Michigan, created the world's first upholstered recliner, dubbing it the La-Z-Boy. They tweaked the design periodically, most notably by adding an integrated footrest in the 1950s.

Shown here: Curved maple-veneer arms give the Carlyle recliner a sleek art deco look. About $699; La-Z-Boy
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