"Lawo" Lounge Chair by Han Pieck

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The famous "Lawo" chair, so named because it was made of laminated wood, was brilliantly constructed from a single sheet of birch plywood, which is cut and then bent in different planes to create the seating surfaces, arms, and legs of the chair. The rear legs are fixed to the seat back by brass brackets. Han Pieck, who was a student of Mart Stam, the inventor of the cantilever chair, intended to make two thousand Lawo chairs in the workshop he established for this purpose. Postwar conditions and shortages of materials meant that only 1300 examples were produced before the operation went bankrupt, forcing Pieck to sell his proprietary manufacturing process to a company in Scotland (which then produced Pieck's second design, the beautiful "Bambi" chair).

As a result of the very limited production, Lawo chairs are today quite rare. Despite that, the Lawo is one of the most beloved modern designs to come out of the Netherlands. This example benefits from its unrestored condition; the gorgeous patina lends the chair tremendous character, with a tangible sense of history.

Literature: "Stoelen Nederlandse Ontwerpen 1945-1985" by Peter Vöge and Bab Westerveld, Meulenhoff/Landshoff, Amsterdam 1986, front cover and page 70. "Stoelen" by Delft University Press, Delft 1980, page 104.

Details

  • Condition
    Distressed. Beautiful patina and character..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    30.6 in. H x 26.1 in. W x 27.9 in. D
    78 cm H x 66 cm W x 71 cm D
  • Dealer Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU80917096863
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