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Massimo Vignelli for Knoll Intl 'Handkerchief' Stacking Chairs, Signed, 20 Avail

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This classic Post-Modern design by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Knoll International is called the 'Handkerchief' stacking chair, labelled underneath with early production (original) year labels. We had around 60 chairs but have sold many and now have approximately 20 left, in black powder coated over steel bases and black fiberglass seats, available individually or in sets. Great for stacking when you need more open space in the room and easy to unstack when you have guests. Perfect for those who require versatility in their space. The black-on-black colorway is the most popular and in-demand and perfectly encapsulates the Post-Modern movement of the 1980s and early 1990's. This set produced in 1993 and labelled underneath the seats. Ideal collector's examples or consider using in a boutique hotel or restaurant / cafe. These stacking Handkerchief chairs by Massimo and Lella Vignelli would work great in a Contemporary, Post-Modern, Mid-Century Modern, Scandanavian Modern or Danish Modern home, office or penthouse apartment. Also consider mixing it up in a Traditional, Transitional, Classical or Art Deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. Would also be an apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge or members club, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. Consider using as side chairs, dining, cafe or breakfast table chairs, bedside chairs, fireside chairs, dressing or changing room chairs, hallway chairs, entryway or mudroom chairs, nursing or reading chairs, conference room chairs, office or desk guest chairs, lobby lounge chairs or occasional chairs ideal in virtually any setting. MEASUREMENTS: H 29" x W 22" x D 22" Seat Height: 17.75" Seat Depth: 18" CONDITION: Overall good vintage condition with light wear. Ready to be used immediately.

Details

  • Creator
    Massimo and Lella Vignelli (Designer),Knoll (Manufacturer),Massimo Vignelli (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Width: 22 in. (55.88 cm)Depth: 22 in. (55.88 cm)Seat Height: 17.75 in. (45.09 cm)
  • Style
    Post-Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Fiberglass,Steel,Powder-Coated
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1990-1999
  • Date of Manufacture
    1993
  • Condition
    Overall good vintage condition with light wear. Ready to be used immediately.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330222439972

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    Ships From: Long Beach, CA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Massimo and Lella Vignelli

Massimo Vignelli and Lella Vignelli’s legacy can be seen everywhere in the logos of Bloomingdale’s, Ford and American Airlines, among others. In addition to their work in branding, they were prolific creators of modernist home furnishings, products and interiors, and the duo’s collaborations, which span 50 years, have left a profound mark on design and wider visual culture.

After meeting in Italy, Lella (1934–2016) and Massimo (1931–2014) began working together in 1961 and a decade later formed Vignelli Associates in New York. A self-described “information architect,” Massimo was committed to streamlining complex ideas into clear, visually arresting forms. (Witness the graphic identity that he cocreated with Bob Noorda for the New York City Transit Authority as well as his influential 1972 subway map.) The Vignellis’ most recognizable piece, for example, may be the Handkerchief chair, a stackable office chair made of compression-molded plastic that has the look of a cloth floating in air. It was created for Knoll in 1983 after they designed the brand’s logo.

Evidence of the couple’s influence can also be found in their Saratoga line (1964), the first collection of lacquered furniture, which helped herald in the trendy “glossy” look of the decade (and beyond). When the Vignellis created the Poltrona Frau Interview chair in 1988 for an Italian television station, it became widely sought after, “which goes to show you the power of the TV media,” the couple once said. Much like their elemental graphic designs, the Kono (1984) and Pisa tables (1985) — both created for Casigliani — cull the form of the table down to geometric shapes.

Vignelli furniture is often labeled as Massimo Vignelli’s alone, though he fought to have Lella recognized for her work, even throwing away magazines that neglected to give her due credit. As he wrote of their lifelong collaboration in his book Designed By: Lella Vignelli: “It is not holding a pencil with four hands that makes a partnership; it is sharing the creative act and exercising creative criticism which is reflected in the end result.”

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About the Seller
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Located in Los Angeles, CA

Automaton is the premier source for early-production originals of hard-to-find 20th-century designs and functional art, serving a range of clients, from celebrities and interior designers to aficionados with modest budgets. Its 20,000-square-foot Los Angeles space is packed with rare examples of designs from a large repertoire of such designers as Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Vladimir Kagan, Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Jorge Zalszupin, Sergio Rodrigues and Giuseppe Scapinelli.

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