Posts Tagged ‘chair’
Perhaps I don’t understand the business side of design and furniture manufacturing, but I’m always confused by the fact that certain historic chairs get re-licensed and reproduced, while others fade away. Often the ones that fade away are the ones I like most, while the ones reproduced ad infinitum are not my favourites.
When humans apply this much care to designing things, it makes me almost teary. This chair is a life-raft on a tidal wave of mass-produced cynicism. The person who made this chair was doing something so careful it’s almost spiritual.
The designer is German architect Hans Luckhardt (1890-1954), well known for designing steel tube chairs in the 1920s and 30s.
Most people think of eco-compatibility in terms of recycling. But even with recycling, the earth’s resources aren’t nearly sufficient to allow the bulk of the planet’s population to consume at the levels we do in the developed world. If we are ever to allow the entire population to reach our standard of living, we have to learn to make do with less.
Can anyone identify this chair? Years ago, thinking I would ask a furniture making friend to reproduce it, I took its measurements but then did nothing with them. I’m passing them along in case anyone else would like to try. The chair is extremely sturdy, with no creaking or movement even though I bought it for $20 from a junkyard where it had sat semi-outdoors through a wet Vancouver winter as the “smoking chair”—that’s how the salesman described it, as in: “you’re taking away our smoking chair.” There are many low, armless, midcentury modern wooden chairs in existence but I like this one more than most.