3-legged Chair by Egon Eiermann - SE 42 | 1949

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3-legged Chair by Egon Eiermann - SE 42 | 1949

Exclusivity in wood

A chair whose frame, seat and back consist completely of moulded wood was to be the first production furniture item jointly developed by Egon Eiermann and WILDE+SPIETH. The SE 42 is a three-legged wooden chair which stands out from the masses thanks to its distinctive lines and exclusive workmanship.

The idea of achieving the minimum possible bending radius for its plastic shaping was followed by a very long development process during which Eiermann repeatedly reached the limits of what is possible.

In their very different and distinctive forms, the seat and back were intended to be individually adapted to the human shape, yet at the same time be perfectly harmonised with each other. The fact that he transferred the resulting designs to many of his projects that followed shows how satisfied he finally was with the outcome.

Curved wooden chair, 3-legged.
Countoured wooden beech frame.
Seat and backrest of laminated beech veneer.
Threedimensionally moulded seat.
Weight approx.: 5,0 kg

Total height seat: 78 cm / 30 3/4''

Depth seat:  42 cm / 16 1/8''

Height seat: 46 cm / 18''

Width: 47 cm / 18 1/2''

Designer Egon Eiermann:

One of the most famous architects of post-warmodernism in Germany.His most famous buildings include the KaiserWilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, the Bonn parliament,the German Embassy in Washington andthe Olivetti towers in Frankfurt.With his dedication he inspired not only his studentsand clients. Just two of his many awardsare „The Grand Prize of the BDA“ (Federation ofGerman Architects) and Germany‘s „Grand Orderof Merit“.

The architect came to WILDE+SPIETH looking forsuitable shutters for his buildings. In 1948 alreadyhe asked the forward-looking question: „Children,can you make chairs too?“A close and friendly cooperation began and togetherthey developed Eiermann’s famous productionfurniture made of wood and tubular steelin the years and decades that followed.Professor Egon Eiermann died in 1970 in Baden-Baden.  

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