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Early Edition Danielle Quarante 'Albatros' Airborne France 1969 Space Age Design

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A beautiful original early edition "Albatros' Lounge Chair by French Female Designer Danielle Quarante for Airborne France 1969 This amazing chair was presented at the 1969 "Salon des Artistes Decorateurs" in Paris where Danielle Quaramnte received the Henri Mercier prize for best creation The "Albatros' was only produced in small quantities for about 7 years (1969-1975) This is a hard to find original paint example without any restorations History: Pierre Deligny (the writer of the book on Airborne) and a good friend of me wrote the following text on the history of this chair after extensive research "In 1969, at the Salon des artistes decorators, Danielle Quarante presented one of the most beautiful models of the decade, for which she received the Henri Mercier prize for the best creation: the Albatros armchair, which she said had 'represented as a sculptural gesture'. the curves react to each other, allowing the freedom of forms because the material itself offers resistance and elasticity. » The airy and round appearance is reminiscent of the flight of a stylized bird. The perfect design gives an impression of indisputable lightness with voluptuous and nervous curves and cutouts at the back of the backrest. It is a sculpture After a first sketch on paper, Danielle Quarante created a wire shape, then a 1/5 clay model, and finally a final resin model at real size. To obtain the mold for her prototype, she made initial tests in her cellar with a block of plaster which was disintegrating due to humidity. Finally, it was with a professional plasterer that she obtained a mold which would, a little later, be copied in resin. She offers it to Knoll, who takes photos... Finally, she shows up at Airborne with the Albatross wrapped in a black plastic bag, and when she extracts the white armchair from the black bag, the effect on Charles Bernard is immediate: Airborne will publish this chair! The manufacturing principle was quite simple: it was sufficient to pour the two half bowls in polyester resin, put them together and paint them with a gelcoat (three colors were chosen: orange, white and yellow). The compounds were treated hollow with a polyvinyl chloride adhesive applied during forming. The grainy appearance of the interior is the result of the technical impossibility of applying a Gelcoat. Although it was easy to pour, the Albatross was complicated to assemble and paint. A technical solution could have been found for mass production, but the overall appearance of the chair would have changed seriously. On the other hand, its public success seemed too uncertain to justify the necessary investments. So little will be produced, about twenty to thirty pieces per month, and the majority in white. The Albatross is now prominent in the permanent collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris and the Plastic Museum in Brussels. After the end of production in 1975, Danielle Quarante herself produced a blank edition of five numbered and signed copies." (Original text by Pierre Deligny and translated from French to English from the Airborne book published in 2012)
  • Creator:
    Airborne (Manufacturer),Danielle Quarante (Designer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 27.17 in (69 cm)Width: 32.68 in (83 cm)Depth: 30.32 in (77 cm)Seat Height: 13.78 in (35 cm)
  • Style:
    Space Age (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1969
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very honest original vintage condition with minor user wear consistent with age and use, a fine example for a collection!
  • Seller Location:
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU930137033322
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