handkerchief stacking armchair

handkerchief stacking armchair

handkerchief stacking armchair

Design Lella & Massimo Vignelli, 1983
Fiberglass reinforced polyester, steel wire
Made in USA by Knoll

Vignelli Designs brought elegance and design to the too-often styleless high density stacking chair with Handkerchief. Intended to evoke the windblown contours of a handkerchief floating through the air, the generously scaled, ergonomically sculpted shell offers spacious comfort and ample support.

The Handkerchief chair is available with or without arms. The seat shell is compression-molded, fiberglass-reinforced polyester with a urethane paint finish available in 5 colors. The base is steel wire finished in brightly polished chrome. Stacks 15-20 high and 24 high on optional dolly.

stacking armchair: 26" w | 22.5" d | 29" h | seat: 18" h | arms: 26" h

Handkerchief armchair: $613.00 + plus shipping in the continental U.S.
(please allow 8-12 weeks for this special product to be created and shipped to your location)

Massimo Vignelli

If you can design one thing, you can design everything, said Massimo Vignelli (b. 1931, Milan) who has worked in a number of areas ranging from package design to furniture design, to public signage, to showroom design through Vignelli Associates, which he co-founded with his wife, Lella. He studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and later at the Università di Architettura, Venice. Vignelli went to New York in 1966 to start the New York branch of a new company, Unimark International, which quickly became one of the largest design firms in the world. They designed many recognizable corporate identities, including American Airlines and the New York City Subway. In 1971, Massimo resigned from Unimark, and soon after, he and Lella founded Vignelli Associates.
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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