Platner Easy Chair

Warren Platner, 1966
Knoll, U.S.A.

The Platner Collection has proven to be one of the most enduring icons of Modernist design. Reflecting a dramatic shift in cultural values, Modernism became more expressive in the 1960s. Platner avoided an explicitly applied aesthetic, seeking instead to “make the structure so the ornamental details are built into it as functional elements.”

With this in mind, Platner transformed steel wire into sculptural furniture, creating an elegant collection of chairs, tables and stools with a base formed out of hundreds of vertical steel rods. Polished nickel and bronze finishes offer the ultimate in timeless design. “A classic is something you look at often and always accept as it is,” explained Platner. “You can see no way of improving it.”

Frame is constructed from vertical steel wire rods welded to circular horizontal and edge-framing rods. Frame is finished in bright nickel with a clear lacquer protection. Upholstered molded fiberglass shell with highly resilient molded urethane foam cushion. Clear plastic extrusion ring on bottom of the base for a smooth bottom surface.

Platner Easy Chair