Stylepark Selected Salone del Mobile 2018: Our Sneak-Preview
Premiere in Milan: At the Salone del Mobile 2018 Stylepark awards the most successful innovations for the first time in the context of Stylepark Selected.
Wittmann Möbelwerkstätten is taking design past into the future: the traditional company is set to unveil the Mergentime chair at the world’s largest furniture fair, the Salone de Mobile in Milan. A rediscovered gem from the estate of a design visionary and avant garde artist: Friedrich Kiesler’s design comes from 1930s New York. Originally, just eight of the chairs were built. Kiesler designed the piece for the apartment of a fellow artist, his friend Marguerita Mergentime. Last year a number of draft sketches were discovered in the archive at the Friedrich Kiesler Foundation in Vienna which manages the Austrian-American artist and theorist’s estate. A short time later a pair of original chairs turned up on the New York art market. Wittmann acquired them in partnership with the foundation and a private sponsor. The pieces were used to create a scale design template for a prototype which will enter into series production for the first time in 2016. The design complements the present and fits into the Wittmann collection so effortlessly that it looks like it had been created for that purpose. The chair has character: it is poised confidently on a three-legged tubular steel frame, and boast outstanding seating comfort Wittmann Möbelwerkstätten has already given various Friedrich Kiesler furniture designs a new lease of life such as the Bed Couch, Party Lounge, Correalistic Rocker and Correalistic Instrument. Pieces of furniture such as the Mergentime chair that once seemed so far ahead of their time now have the chance to become genuine classics. Thanks to their aesthetic and functional qualities. But, above all, thanks to Wittmann’s cultural engagement and the Friedrich Kiesler Foundation’s work in this area of the nation’s art and design heritage.
|Seat finish||with upholstery|
|Base finish||with star shaped base|
|Backrest finish||with backrest|
|Armrest finish||with armrests|
|Colors||shades of brown|
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