Richard Schultz Design Archive at Wright 01 – Prototype Leisure Armchair

Prototype Leisure Armchair by Richard Schultz

Prototype Leisure Armchair by Richard Schultz

This prototype chair was handmade by Richard Schultz with the assistance of Robert DeFuccio. Based on the Leisure Collection of outdoor furniture that Schultz was creating for Knoll at the time, the idea was create a chair for indoor use. This chair features laminated bent legs made in a custom form and an experimental leather sling but ultimately it was never introduced. The present lot is the only surviving prototype from the Leisure Collection.

Via Wright Auctions

I would like to add a video of Richard Schultz delivering a lecture at Princeton

Joan Burgasser Club Tubchair for Thonet USA


This one at Loisel Vintage


Sketch Found at One Kingslane

Via Ca 20 C via 1stdibs

Joan Burgasser

In a recent comment I gave to the post The Cantilever Chair: By Mart Stam, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe or by Marcel Breuer? I first came across Joan Burgasser as a former employee for many years of Thonet USA. It appears she was in charge of marketing and kept a finr archive of Thonet which off course has a rich history. But also she has designed at least one chair that Thonet USA featured: A tubular tub club chair

See also One Kingslane

Red and Blue becomes Black and Green – 2016 IMM Cologne (01)



No, unfortunately I haven’t visited IMM Cologne in 2016, but I plan to do so again in 2017. Via Design Boom I found out that Patricia Urquiola had designed Cassina’s stand there (and later in Milan). It was in celebration of Cassina’s 90th Anniversary. She used a temporary Rietveld installation in Arnhem of 1955 later used for the sculpture garden of the Kröller-Müller Museum. Cassina had designed a MutAzioni series for the occasion and the Black and Green Rietveld was one of that series.

Han Pieck Chair LaWo 1

Han Pieck (23) was born as son to Henri Pieck a twin from Anton Pieck who was a famous Dutch illustrator who also designed the fairy park “The Efteling”

Han is known for designing one chair, the LAWO 1 which stands for LAminated WOod. He designed LAWO number one from one plate of laminated wood. With a grant from the Mashall plan he was able to start a manufacturing company for which he designed a laminating machine according to a special procedure: Layers of veneer were laminated together in a mold while the glue was applied hot, but the veneer remained cold. Like a sort of magnetron. Initially there were startup problems to get an evenly molded laminate. The times were not ripe for the model and finally the manufacturing company went bankrupt. The manufacturing process was sold to a Scottish company, Morris and Company, or the company got the process because it offered Piek and his Partner a job. Morris and Company eventually succeeded to create a similar machine under guidance of Pieck.

Happy Chair

Sometimes I find images of chairs on the world wide web of which I cannot find their provenance. This tubular Happy Chair is one of those. It is a nice variation on the cantilever chair. I hope my readers can help me.