International Decorative Art

Landi Chair

Landi Chair

Design Date 1938

Designer Hans Coray (1906–1991, Swiss)

Manufacturer P. & W. Blattmann Metallwarenfabrik, Wädenswil, Switzerland

Media aluminum and rubber

Dimensions 29 3/4 x 20 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches

Swiss artist and designer Hans Coray developed the Landi Chair in 1938, with a lightweight, three-dimensionally-molded aluminum seat shell that was a milestone in industrial design. Coray began experimenting with metal materials in the 1930s, designing various industrial products and sculptures and associating with artists in the Dada and Concrete Art movements in Zurich. In 1938, Coray, with the support of former Bauhaus student Hans Fischli, decided to develop a final version of the Landi Chair for show at the 1939 Swiss National Exhibition. Originally designed with ninety-one holes, the Landi Chair was later redesigned with sixty to streamline the production process, reducing mass while also allowing for better rainwater drainage when placed outdoors. The sleek, minimalist and durable design makes this technologically innovative piece an enduring classic that is still in production today.

ON VIEW in Promenade Gallery 2

Markings unmarked

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2006.0737