International Decorative Art

Platner Arm Chair

Platner Arm Chair

Design Date 1966

Designer Warren Platner (1919–2006, American)

Manufacturer Knoll International (1938–present), New York, NY

Media steel wire rod base with cloth upholstery

Dimensions 29 x 26 3/4 x 20 1/2 inches

Warren Platner was an American architect and industrial designer who worked with design giants such as I.M. Pei and Eero Saarinen. In 1966, while working at the design firm Eero Saarinen and Associates, Platner developed the Platner Collection for Knoll International. He explained the theory behind this armchair stating, “I thought why separate support from the object. Just make it all one thing. Starts at the floor and comes up and envelops me, supports me.” The chair is made by welding curved steel rods to circular and semi-circular frames.

ON VIEW in Vance Kirkland Gallery 1

Markings Stamped "Knoll International" with paper Knoll labels

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2013.0581