platner arm chair

platner arm chair

Design Warren Platner, 1966
Steel wire rod, upholstery
Made in Italy by Knoll

In the 1960s, Warren Platner transformed steel wire into a sculptural furniture collection, creating what is now considered a design icon of the modern era. The Platner collection's unique harmonious forms are produced by welding steel wire rods to circular frames, producing a moire effect and capturing the decorative, gentle, graceful quality that Platner sought to achieve. All metal components are finished in bright nickel with a clear lacquer protective coating. The Platner collection also includes a side chair, low stool, plus dining side and coffee tables.

The Platner seating collection features vertical steel wire rods welded to circular horizontal and edge-framing rods. The frame base has a clear plastic extrusion ring for a smooth bottom surface. The seat is a molded fiberglass shell & molded latex foam cushion. This collection is offered in your choice of either a bright nickel with clear lacquer protection or painted bronze metallic frame.

26.5" w | 22" d | 28.75" h | seat: 19" h

$3,043.00 + plus shipping in the continental U.S.
(please allow 10-14 weeks for this special chair to be created and shipped to your location)

Warren Platner

Warren Platner (1919 - 2006) of Baltimore produced a furniture collection that has proved to be a continuing icon of 1960s Modernism. He is also famed with designing several prominent interiors in New York City, including headquarter offices for the Ford Foundation building and the original Windows on the World restaurant, atop the World Trade Center. Platner graduated from Cornell University with a degree in architecture in 1941. His career began with work in some of the most prominent and remarkable architecture practices in the country. Between 1945 and 1950, he worked for Raymond Loewy and I.M. Pei. He received the Rome Prize in architecture in 1955. Platner was a part of Eero Saarinen’s office from 1960 to 1965, participating in the designs for the Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., the Repertory Theatre at Lincoln Centre and several dormitories at Yale University. During this time, he also unveiled his seminal collection of chairs, ottomans and tables.
Hans Knoll, the son of a pioneer German furniture manufacturer, founded the Knoll company in New York City in 1938, one year after immigrating from Germany. He hired Florence Schust, a Cranbrook graduate who had worked for Gropius and Breuer, and the two were married in 1946. The next year, they opened a textiles division and showroom that was flanked with some of the worlds leading designers. Knoll would triumph thanks to impressive international contacts, gaining exclusive rights to the works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and producing them to their original specifications. This included the 1929 Barcelona Chair. They also commissioned Eero Saarinen to design the now iconic Tulip chair, and hold the rights to Marcel Breuer’s seminal Wassily Chair. Artists such as Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom, and Isamu Noguchi would also collaborate with Knoll.
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