Friday, May 15, 2015

KD04 Side chair by Donald R. Knorr | Matrix International

The KD04 Side chair was designed by Donald R. Knorr in 1948 and is now produced by Matrix International. A plain sheet metal creates a unique seat. The frame, enameled in a wide range of colours  enlivens the product, and a felt cushion makes it warm and comfortable.

"Designed with the encouragement of his mentor, Eero Saarinen, Knorr’s project of the Side Chair was co-winner, with George
Leowald from Germany, of the First Prize awarded by the Museum of Modern Art at the Low-cost Design Competition in 1948. The shell of the prototype presented at the competition was made with a thermo-bended plastic sheet. 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."
Via Archiproducts

The KD04 Side chair by Donald R. Knorr is part of the Codici collection by Matrix International, collecting pieces of outstanding figures of the Design of the XXth century: Eero Saarinen, Marcel Breuer, Mies Van Der Rohe,... "More than of re-editions, we should speak of unpublished projects brought to light through archives research, and thanks to the collaboration of the heirs of some of the architects who wrote the Codes of Modern Design. With its trait of essentiality and geometrical rigor, the collection offers a rich panorama of design masterpieces, that can either create timeless spaces with an essential look, or harmonize interiors characterized by heterogeneous details."
Via Matrix International

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