"Lawo" Lounge Chair by Han Pieck

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The Lawo chair, so named because it was made of LA-minated WO-od, 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 influential inventor of the cantilever chair), intended to make 2000 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.


    Distressed. Beautiful patina and character..
    Wear consistent with age and use
    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
    Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
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