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Pair of Willy Guhl Loop Chairs *Classic Mid-Century Modern *Concrete Garden

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Seller: jobevans76 (568) 100%, Location: London, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 291948361745 Designer: Willy Guhl (1915-2004) Swiss furniture designer, product designer and interior architect Design Date: 1954 Production: 1954-1980 Manufacturer: Eternit AG, Niederurnen, Switzerland Size: 54.5 x 54.5 x76.5 cms; seat height 11cms Material: fibrated concrete Condition: Excellent. Original patina. Item History: I was informed on purhase that these chairs have had only one former home, a lake house in Alsace, France. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALTHOUGH SOME PICS SHOW THREE CHAIRS, THIS SALE IS FOR A PAIR. Buyer must arrange collection but happy to help facilitate. Willy Guhl was a pioneer of industrial design in Switzerland, both as a result of teaching for many years at the Technical College in Zurich and through his many-sided practical work. He created a number of designs for Eternit: window boxes, a spindle-shaped standing ashtray, and a beach and garden chair, which is unique in the history of furniture design. After participating in the 1948 MoMA competition entitled “Low-Cost Furniture Design,” he began working with casts of the human body and ergonomically shaped shells for reclining chairs. While previous work with laminated wood had already yielded two-dimensionally shaped chair shells, fibrated concrete – not a material typically associated with furniture-making – afforded new possibilities that Willy Guhl turned to his best advantage. Fibrated concrete was manufactured in slabs with machines and was used for building houses. The method of processing the chair corresponds to the dimensions of these slabs, which were shaped directly after they had been pressed while still moist. Thus, production was inexpensive and required fewer materials. Because the composite material offered great resistance to breakage and exceptional tensile strength, supporting structures were no longer required, and thanks to statics there were few limitations on the form. So the design could be minimalist, rendering the elegantly curved, absolutely weatherproof chair nearly an abstract sculpture. The new leisure culture of the postwar era gave rise to the need for inexpensive, practical outdoor seating. At the same time, the chair is suggestive of interiors of the sixties and seventies, with their similar curved forms. Product Type: OUTDOOR CHAIRS, Original/Reproduction: Original, Age: Post-1950, Material: Concrete

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