Revers 1902 by Andrea Branzi for Cassina

Revers 1902 by Andrea Branzi for Cassina

A design of 1993. I took this photo September 24, 2011 in the Milan Triennale Design Museum

The plain aluminum frame is reduced in thickness and form. The design of this chair expands into two rich volutes produced by a continuous strip of bent beechwood that serves as the back and armrest. So if the part in metal first glance reminds one of a functionalist stool, the wooden part evokes the classical forms of a comfortable armchair, hollowed out so that just the outline remains. The coldness of the metal and the warmth of the bent wood, designed with a poetic all-encompassing image: The result of this union is an object that seems to be balanced between the two worlds of tradition and modernity and plays on the contrast between natural and artificial materials. The careful detailing is reflected in the small features that make this chair highly original, like the bifurcation which supports the back and its transition to the metal leg which, overall, appears to be rotated 45 degrees from normal.

Milan Triennale Design Museum – 03

Update: Found another one

Found Icons has one for sale for Euro 900,-


Chair Collector Noritsugu Oda

Chair Collector Noritsugu Oda

Noritsugu Oda has one of the world’s most remarkable collections of 20th century vintage chairs. He fell in love with the furniture designs of northern Europe and has collected more than 700 Danish chairs, in which many are rare and one-of-a-kind pieces. The designers he craves most are hans Wegner and Finn Juhl. I would share these likes.

All in All his collection counts over 1,400 chairs. Probably the biggest single collection of chairs.

I the timeline about Finn Juhl at the House of Finn Juhl website I came across Noritsuga Oda.

In his Chieftain chair is Finn Juhl and left of him a much younger Noritsugu Oda.

In the early-80s Finn Juhl also meets the Japanse illustrator, furniture collector and professor, Noritsugu Oda. The two hit it off immediately and become friends.

Oda has published multiple works about Danish furniture design as well as amassed a unique collection of furniture tallying more than 1,200 chairs, predominantly Danish. After the meeting Oda always visits Finn Juhl whenever he travels to Denmark.

Professor Noritsugu Oda is once again visiting Denmark. He has arranged a meeting with his friend Finn Juhl but is met with sad news as he steps off the plane. Hanne Wilhelm Hansen calls him to share the news of Finn Juhl’s passing earlier in the day. Finn Juhl passes away on May 17th, 1989. Despite the passing, Hanne Wilhelm Hansen invites Oda to the residence at Kratvænget.

This visit will prove vital to the spread of awareness regarding Finn Juhl’s furniture and accomplishments. Noritsugu Oda decides to host a commemorative exhibition in Finn Juhl’s honor the following year in Japan. The exhibition receives donations from around the globe and Oda succeeds in putting together a collection of pieces that represents Finn Juhl’s life’s work.

The exhibition is on display in Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo and Asahikawa. It is met with immense interest from the Japanese audience.

Finn Juhl lives just long enough to experience the early rejuvenation of interest that many of his pieces have enjoyed since.


Knitting Chair by J.J.P. Oud

Knitting ChairKnitting Chair

Found this photo of the Knitting Chair by J.J.P. Oud in Wikimedia The photo seems from a certain Oscar.

Then I found a second one at the site of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen who have one in their collection as well.

And after publication of this post the algoritm of the similar posts below this post pointed me to a Cool Oud chair in New Zealand which is also a Knitting Chair.


Chair Collector: Michael Boyd

Time to ask the reader’s attention for an important chair collector: Michael Boyd and his wife Gabrielle.

Boyd was working as a music composer for advertising, television and film, in San Francisco when he and his wife, Gabrielle Doré, and their two sons, relocated to Manhattan. They had purchased the iconic Beekman Place townhouse of Paul Rudolph, which was in desperate need of renovation after the modernist architect’s death in 1997.

At the time, Boyd was already known as a serious collector, thanks to a 1998 exhibition at SFMOMA that featured more than 100 pieces from his collection of furniture and objects by various 20th-century designers.

His work on the Beekman property was widely admired, featured in the New York Times and many international design publications, and its success lead him to his next project: a major renovation of Oscar Niemeyer’s white-brick-and-glass Strick House, in Santa Monica, which Boyd and his wife purchased as their next home the day they sold the Rudolph property. The famed Brazilian architect’s only North American residential commission had been on the verge of demolition by a local developer, despite the outcry of local preservationists.

Other renovations followed. The Boyds are based in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Boyd is the founder and designer of PLANEfurniture, a line of architectural furnishings,

He is the principal of BoydDesign, a consultancy for the restoration and preservation of modernist architecture, and for collecting modern art and design. He is an internationally renown and widely published expert on 20th century design and post-war Modernism.

Boyd is featured in Collecting Design by Adam Lindeman (Taschen, 2011).

This post is inspired by the following publications:

Boy was featured in 1stdibs Introspective magazine

Boyd and his wife were featured inW Magazine

PLANEfurniture has its about section.

Trinidad Chair by Nanna Ditzel

Trinidad Chair by Nanna Ditzel

Recently photographed in the Design Museum Danmark in Copenhagen by me: This Trinidad chair by Nanna Ditzel.

Still made by Fredericia