The Z Down Folding Chair by Erik Magnussen was designed in 1960. I found it at the Danish Design Museum in Copenhagen.
Erik Magnussen (1940-2014) is not a typical chair designer. He was educated as a ceramist at the School of Applied Arts and Design, graduating in 1960. His works – ranging from tableware to furniture, lamps and high-tech products – are characterized by simplicity and functional elegance.
He has worked for manufacturers such as Bing & Grøndahl, Stelton, Fritz Hansen, Royal Copenhagen, Paustian, Royal Selangor and Shipmate – realizing many different products in a variety of materials. One of his most famous products is the vacuum jug he designed for Stelton in 1977. The vacuum jug, which was originally launched in stainless steel, is now produced in ABS plastic and throughout the time has been produced in more than 30 colours. Erik Magnussen’s vacuum jug was introduced as follow-up to Arne Jacobsen’s Cylinda-Line. Just like Arne Jacobsen’s design the stringent cylindrical shape and two-coloured, graphic appearance of the vacuum jug expresses a minimalism and functionality that keeps being ahead of its time.
He designed two chairs for Engelbrechts (for future posts) and Engelbrechts seems having produced The Z Down Folding Chair as well.
According to a Swedish store the Z Down was produced between 1960 and 1969 by Torben Ørskov. Vintage mentions two for sale.
Profile Chair by Knauf and Brown
Canadian design duo Knauf and Brown about their Profile Chair:
The Profile Chair was our answer to everything we didn’t like about folding chairs.
Folding chairs are shy, coming out only when extra seating is needed. They are ashamed of their cluttered leg regions, complicated actions, and cheap materials.
The Profile Chair folds on a single axis. This cuts down on intersecting lines and gives the chair a minimal profile that takes up less visual space when open, and less physical space when closed.
Profile Chair is a chair that you can use everyday. The powder coated steel and solid larch make it equally at home indoors and outdoors.
Knauf and Brown : PROFILE CHAIR from calen knauf on Vimeo.
Another chair to be presented at Milan 2011 this month is Piana by British architect David Chipperfield for Italian design company Alessi. Alessi is well known for its innovative designs in mostly all things that can be labelled “accessories”, so a new product being a chair is a unique step for the company.
Piana is a folding and stackable seat that is manufactured from 100% recycled polypropylene and rotates around a single point held by two screws. Available in 6 kitchen-friendly (2 of which even sound yummy) colors: white, raspberry red, saffron yellow, patina green, traffic black and pebble grey.
Bek chair by Giulio Iacchetti is created using special Polygiene technology that gives the chair its unique antibacterial properties (How’s that for a season of flues?). The rigid yet light folding chair comes in red, black, white and green, and a set of 8 chairs can be held by a trolley done in black painted metal.