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History of La-Z-Boy®

The La-Z-Boy® story commenced in 1928 when cousins Edward M. Knabusch and Edwin J. Shoemaker formed a partnership in Michigan, USA and began production of a wooden slat reclining chair which they named “La-Z-Boy”. Later they designed and built an upholstered version of this chair which is now sold World wide.

These chairs and other related furniture items are sold throughout New Zealand and Australia by Morgan Furniture Int Ltd (NZ) and La-Z-Boy Australia Pty Ltd (Australia) under license to La-Z-Boy Inc. still based in Monroe Michigan, USA.

Timber/Frame Sustainability

Climate change is one of the biggest topics of our time and consumers are demanding responsibly sourced products that are verified by credible third party organisations.

Much of the timber supplied for furniture production worldwide comes from forest destruction. This forest destruction is considered a major problem globally as we depend on these forests for the air we breathe and for the fragile climate in which we live. Much of this illegally logged timber can then find its way into our homes through the furniture we purchase.

The good news is that there are forests managed in a sustainable manner and La-Z-Boy now has a timber sustainability standard throughout their entire supply chain for it’s New Zealand and Australian markets.

This standard ensures that all timber frames supplied by La-Z-Boy in New Zealand and Australia have been legally sourced from well managed forests. We are doing this by ensuring that all of our suppliers source timber from forests that have been independently certified by a Globally Recognised Third- Party Certification Scheme.

Leather Testing – all of our leathers are tested to AFRDI (Australian Furnishing Research and Development Institute) standard 146 which includes:

Rub fastness – which is measured to EN ISO 11640 (SLF450)

Fastness to light is measured by using the ‘blue wool rating’ to EN ISO 105:B02 (SLF402)

Finish adhesion is measured in newton/cm to EN ISO 11644 (IUF470)

Flex resistance subjects the leather to 50,000 cycles to EN ISO 5402 (IUF20)

Tear strength is measured in newtons to EN ISO 3377-1 (IUP8)

pH must have a minimum of 3.2 to EN ISO 4045 (IUC11)

Formaldehyde must be a maximum of 100ppmusing method ISO 17226-1

Leather must be of bovine origin and must conform to the thickness requirements of the AFRDI146 standard

Fabric Testing – all of our fabrics pass the tests either by AWTA (Australian Wool Testing Authority) or NZWTA (New Zealand Wool Testing Authority) in relation to:

Pilling – Martindale test to AS2687 – 1997

Abrasion – Martindale test to AS2687 – 1997

Yarn Slippage – mean seam opening at 180 Newtons to AS2687 – 1997

Colour fastness to light – must meet AS2687-1997

Colour fastness to rubbing – measured dry and wet to AS2687 – 1997

Formaldehyde – must be below 37ppm to ISO14184.4 – 1998 (E)

Country of origin and fabric/leather care labeling

All of our product labeling is fully compliant with Australian and New Zealand Standards.

Electrical compliance – we ensure that all of our electrically powered products conform with the appropriate regulations:

MEPS 61342 (Minimum Energy Performance Standards) level 5 which is the highest level attainable

Certificate of approvals for Plugs, Cords, transformers

Electromagnetic compatibility

Registrations with Australian/New Zealand authorities

ing reclining chair 70 years ago, they have been perfecting the art of comfort and bringing their customers exciting new products.

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