Handkerchief Chair

Designed by Massimo & Lella Vignelli, 1985

Vignelli Design's 1985 Handkerchief chair features a graciously scaled, ergonomically sculptured shell providing both comfort and ample support. Intended to evoke the windblown contours of a handkerchief floating through the air, the generously scaled, ergonomically sculpted shell offers spacious comfort.

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FEATURES

Vignelli Design's 1985 Handkerchief chair features a graciously scaled, ergonomically sculptured shell providing both comfort and ample support.


CONSTRUCTION

The base is constructed of 12mm steel wire.

Inner plywood frame upholstered with fabric.


FINISHES 

Polished chrome base.

Upholstered in a range of fabrics.

 

Dimensions

 
HANDKERCHIEF CHAIR

Armchair: W 67cm- D 57cm - H 75cm - seat H 45cm.

Armless Chair: Chair W 59cm - D 57cm - H 75cm - seat H 45cm.

 

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In 1968 Vignelli was contracted by Knoll to re-envision the corporate identity and graphics program, resulting in the Knoll logo in Helvetica and the introduction of Pantone Super Warm Red as the company colour. The work done for Knoll, in addition to giving us our signature graphics, launched the Vignellis to international renown as premier modern graphic designers.

In 1983 they returned to Knoll to design the Handkerchief Chair. Using compression molded plastics, they conducted a fabrication and design investigation that lasted 5 years, and ultimately captured the lightness and organic ease of a handkerchief drifting in the wind.

The firm introduced the Paperclip table in 1994 as a complement to the Handkerchief. Massimo Vignelli: “We wanted to give these chairs their own table: same lightness, same feeling, same uses.” Echoing the bent wire base of the chair, and the overall visual lightness achieved by the signature seat, the designers were able to translate the essence of what made the Handkerchief so elegant to the Paperclip Table.

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Massimo Vignelli and wife Lella served as graphic and advertising design consultants to Knoll during the 1970s. They championed a graphic design for Knoll, which made them famous worldwide, and which continues to inform the company's work. Mr.Vignelli once described the Knoll assignment as "the most exciting, rewarding" of his professional career. The Vignelli work provided the foundation for all basic communication needs, including stationery, business cards, stickers, tags, boxes, brochures and four-colour ads for trade magazines and publications like The New Yorker, Vogue and Fortune. The Vignellis have also collaborated on myriad projects incorporating their industrial, furniture and graphic design talents. Their New York firm, Vignelli Associates, applies a Modernist aesthetic to each assignment, polishing each artifact to a glossy finish that reflects clarity, beauty and functionality. In 2003, the couple received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.


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