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FTA: "In 1940, the director of The Museum of Modern ArtÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Industrial Design Department, Edgar Kaufmann Jr ... insisted that The Butterfly Chair be included in the museumÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s permanent collection."
Unfortunately, in her 1999 book "50 Favorite Furnishings . . ." Diane Maddex uses both terms for Wright's chair, capitalizing neither of them and apparently
aiming to please all comers. The preponderance of published material certainly favors the Origami name. I don't know when the word "butterfly" was first
applied to the Origami, nor by whom. Maybe Maddex is the source ?
At the request of Edgar Kaufman, Jr., then the director of MoMA's Industrial Design Department, designer Jorge Ferrari Hardoy sent 3 chairs to New York. One went to Fallingwater, another went to MoMA, and the third to Clifford Pascoe of Artek-Pascoe, Inc., the first producer of the butterfly chair.
Knoll became the licensed manufacturer in 1947.