Friday, March 27, 2009
City - the chair
This is an old favorite of mine. It's called City and was designed in 1954 by Norwegian designer Øivind Iversen. It was his final degree piece while studying at Statens Kunst og Håndtverkskole, and the first bent plywood chair to be produced in this country (the production factory was Møre Lenestolfabrikk in Ørsta). It was one of the first standard products offered up to buyers of public and private places of gatherings.
After having been away from the market for years, the City chair was put back into production again a few years ago and available in retail. I am lucky enough to have some vintage ones, most of them derived from my mother's old workplace (a hospital). Some or them were rather damaged and in need of some tender loving care - I sanded them down and painted them. I used them for a long time but they're now in storage - waiting for the next round. (Hence the production photos and not my private ones.) At the time I was dreaming of owning Arne Jacobsens 'Ant' or 'Syveren' chairs, but now I'd rather have these. Preferably in walnut...