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Design Classic: The Butterfly Chair

 
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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:53 pm    Post subject: Design Classic: The Butterfly Chair Reply with quote

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/lifestyle/homes-gardens/design-classic-the-butterfly-chair-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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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 ?

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peterm



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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