Donald Knorr's 132U Chair was awarded first place by the Museum of Modern Art in the "International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design" in New York 1948. It was designed with the encouragement of his mentor, Eero Saarinen. The shell of the prototype presented at the competition was made with a heat bent plastic sheet.
After the competition, Knoll Associates started manufacturing Knorr's chair in 1950, after introducing some changes to the original design, due to both technical and formal reasons. In order to reinforce the fastening of the sheet, the dimension of the stiffening rib was reduced and the legs were modified. The shape of the sheet itself was improved. The 132U Knorr Chair was then manufactured by Treitel Gratz, New York, between 1950 and 1952.
Made in Italy.
Dimensions: H 29 1/4" D 19" W 22 3/4"
Materials: Chair in curved sheet steel and drawn steel wire legs. Available in a variety of colors. Available with removable cushion in 100% wood felt.
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