Landi Chair by Vitra
Vitra's 'Landi' outdoor dining chair originates from one of the great moments in design history: The chair not only articulates a Swiss design philosophy characterised by reduction, functionality and precision. It also stands at the interface of classic modernism and organic forms of mid-century design. The Landi Chair introduced a structural principle that was systematised and perfected a few years later by Charles and Ray Eames and has firmly established its place in the canon of furniture design: a seat and back shell resting on a self-supporting frame.
When Hans Coray, humanist and artist, designed the aluminium chair as the official seating for outdoor areas of the 1939 Swiss National Exhibition - He created a chair that would be weather-proof, lightweight, supremely comfortable and suited for industrial production using the latest technical capabilities of aluminium processing. Up to now, the history of this classic chair has been marked by alternating manufacturers, breaks in production and modifications to the original design. Now over seventy-five years after its debut, the Landi Chair has found a new home at Vitra.
New manufacturing methods have now made it possible to resume production in the original spirit and at a reasonable cost. Working together with Henriette Coray (Hans' wife), Vitra has taken the Landi Chair back to the original shell form and detailing while simultaneously adapting it to today's standards.
The chair was and is the original outdoor dining chair, inspiring a whole generation of likeminded pieces, perhaps most notably from Britain's Robin Day. There is something that it's counterparts cannot match however, which is the all-aluminium construction. As the chair catches the light on a sunny day it's soft metallic appearance has a completely unique and pleasing aesthetic. Superbly practical the Landi chair stacks up to 6 pieces high and will age with grace. It's obvious to see why this chair has rightly gone down in history as a modern masterpiece.
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