Design Classic: The Butterfly Chair

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Paul Ringstrom
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Design Classic: The Butterfly Chair

Post by Paul Ringstrom »

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/lifesty ... -1-9257485

FTA: "In 1940, the director of The Museum of Modern Art’s Industrial Design Department, Edgar Kaufmann Jr ... insisted that The Butterfly Chair be included in the museum’s permanent collection."
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SDR
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Post by SDR »

In my experience, the term Butterfly Chair was connected to this design from the start, certainly predating its spurious attachment to Wright's Origami (or
Taliesin) armchair.

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 ?

SDR

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Post by peterm »

The classic Hardoy, or BFK chair, more commonly known as the butterfly (1938!!) is possibly the only design where the circle of Le Corbusier intersects with Wright. And it fits like a glove:

https://pin.it/wnee3rtzukvrr2

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.

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