A style icon turns 75

A style icon turns 75


Arts, culture, and commerce: For more than seven decades has the Hardoy Butterfly Chair been inspiring painters, filmmakers and the creative industries - and provides any room with the charm of an Estancia.

 

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Designed by the architects Bonet, Kurchan and Ferrari-Hardoy for a Buenos Aires-based planning office in 1938 (hence known as “BKF” in the Americas), the Hardoy Butterfly Chair was considered a design classic already by the late 1950s. With its sculptural design, light weight and exceptional seating comfort the Tripolina is considered the precursor of the Hardoy Butterfly Chair. For the first time presented to the public in 1904 at an exhibition in Saint Louis, the chair became quickly popular. So was the Tripolina well received among the military because of its flexible handling, and also artists appreciated the then unprecedented comfort.

The Hardoy Butterfly Chair was introduced to the public during the third edition of a local furniture show ("Salon de Artistas Decoradores"). Following an impressive first appearance, the chair was added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, 1941) one year later and became rapidly popular among artists, actors and architects. Shortly thereafter, Artek-Pascoe acquired license rights for production and marketing in the U.S. and transferred them to Knoll Associates in 1948. The chair’s commercial success led to a surge in unauthorized replicas, alone in the 1940s over 5 million „Butterfly Chairs“ have been produced. After numerous legal battles, Knoll ceased series production in 1951. Following that, the Hardoy Butterfly Chair’s unique design has been periodically reprinted by various manufacturers - since the beginning of 2010 through our company

Premium materials, much naturalness and timeless design

WEINBAUM has refined the original design of the Hardoy Butterfly Chair and uses for its production only premium materials. The Holstein cattle that is held at selected estancias throughout the provinces of Córdoba and Santa Fe feed during their two-year life exclusively on grass; meat and bone meal was outlawed decades ago. Untreated, all year round usable pastures and exceptional freedom (two cattle share a hectare of land) provide more than 3,000 calves, cows and bulls at our partner companies with excellent conditions. The result: Exceptionally durable leather whose soft touch will inspire you every day anew.

 

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The original version of the Hardoy Butterfly Chair comes with a brushed, at four intersections welded frame of stainless steel. To emphasize the chair’s exceptional seating comfort, our covers are exclusively manufactured from vegetable tanned leather from cattle bare neck of the above-mentioned breed Holstein or Hereford. A step above: Our Ottoman adds charming and timeless elegance to your Hardoy Butterfly Chair. The stool creates a comfortable surface and provides both to your feet and body grip in every position; its cover can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth.

For more information on available models please visit above section on products. If you have any questions, please call at +49-(0)341-223 22 316 or send us an e-mail: service@weinbaum.com.de