Comfy? These Alexandria Brothers Revolutionized the Recliner

Mark and Scott Erb want you to sit down in style.

(Left to right) Scott and Mark Erb at Creative Classics Furniture showcasing their dual motion recliner. (Photo by James Cullum)

Alexandria, VA – Mark and Scott Erb want you to sit down in style. After decades of research and building prototypes, the brothers accomplished one of their dreams – designing a dual-action motion chair that focuses on the sitter’s center of gravity and allows them the luxury of effortlessly tying their shoes or stretching out for a few winks.

“In 1978, I came up with the original dual-action chair, which reclines and stretches at the same time, said Mark Erb, an architect who lives in Old Town. “I though that it was wrong that motion chairs seemed to go back and then stop. Leave it to an architect to design the most complex form of seating, which is the motion chair.”

The Comfort Air by American Leather (Courtesy photo)

The Erb brothers were in Old Town on Saturday night for a “sit-in” at “Creative Classics Furniture” at 901 King St., which is one of the first stores in the country to carry the product, which is owned by All American Leather. The Dallas-based furniture giant spent four years perfecting the model, making it smaller, adding a swivel and dubbing it “The Comfort Air by American Leather.” 

The chairs range from $2,199 to $3,599, and so far Creative Classics has sold dozens since they were put on the market last year.

“We have a contract with American Leather and anything we do in relation to chairs belongs to us,” said Scott Erb, a retired engineer with the Federal Aviation Administration. “They have an option on a hospital chair, which connects to a bed when you sit in it. We’re toying around to that, and American Leather has the rights to that. The more urgent need is for an office and executive chair.”