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handkerchief stacking armless chair

by Massimo Vignelli, from Knoll

handkerchief stacking armless chair

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 armless chair: 23" w | 22.5" d | 29" h | seat: 18" h | 21lbs.

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Massimo Vignelli

If you can design one thing, you can design everything, said Massimo Vignelli (1931-2014) 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 founded the Knoll company in New York City in 1938 one year after immigrating from Germany. He hired Florence Schust who had worked for Gropius and Breuer and the two were married in 1946. Knoll would triumph thanks to impressive international contacts, gaining exclusive rights to the works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe including the Barcelona Chair. Knoll commissioned Eero Saarinen to design the Tulip chair. Artists such as Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom, and Isamu Noguchi also collaborated with Knoll.

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