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60s Olivier Mourgue ‘djin’ Two Seat Sofa for Airborne

$6,914.49

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Airborne is one of France’s most successful and influential design companies of the modernist era. Launched in 1951 by Charles Bernard (1904-1994), Airborne’s first product was the AA Chair, originally designed in 1938 by Spanish-Argentinian collective Grupo Austral (Juan Kurchan, Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy, and Antonio Bonet). The AA Chair was a bestseller, and the profits generated by its sales allowed Airborne to collaborate with the most renowned French designers and compete with the biggest French producers. Not content with merely reproducing licensed designs, Bernard was eager for Airborne to create original works with the design talents of the day. Airborne’s most innovative collaboration occurred when young designer Olivier Mourgue approached Bernard with his black leather Joker Easy Chair (1959). Bernard liked it and agreed to produce it. It was the beginning of a successful relationship that lasted over a decade and contributed to Airborne’s reputation taking off in France and abroad. Mourgue’s undulating Djinn Chair (1965) embodies the futuristic “Space Age” aesthetic of the 1960s and has firmly taken its place in design history. Thanks to an appearance on the set of Stanley Kubrick’s 1967 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, Djinn Chairs and Sofas, which are no longer in production, have become true collector’s items and 20th-century design icons. The Djinn chairs were designed by Olivier Mourgue in 1965, while he was working for the French manufacturer Airborne International, and epitomise ’60s ‘futuristic’ design. The chairs were not designed specifically for the film, but were chosen by Kubrick and his team to create a futuristic scene in the movie, when Dr Floyd walks through the Hilton lobby of Space Station Five on his way to the moon. Unfortunately, the iconic status of the Djinn Chairs was conferred retroactively. Despite enthusiastic critical reception, Airborne had a tough time selling the Djinn Chairs to retailers and customers at the time, who deemed the avant-garde design as “obscene.” Airborne didn’t survive the 1974 oil crisis and has been resold several times since, never regaining the confidence that defined the company at its peak in the 1960s. For collectioneers today the Djinn sofa is like a party. Just because of the design the sofa is amazingly beautiful and shows already exclusivity. But due to low selling numbers and the usage in the film this sofa is a true desire in any collection or houseroom.

Details

  • Creator
    Airborne (Manufacturer),Olivier Mourgue (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 25.6 in. (65 cm)Width: 48.04 in. (122 cm)Depth: 30.32 in. (77 cm)Seat Height: 12.6 in. (32 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Amstelveen, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 01230322ZB1stDibs: LU2600127927272

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    Ships From: Amstelveen, Netherlands
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