Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Chair #224

—Designed by Angelo Mangiarotti

Born in Milan in 1921, the Italian architect, urban planner, and industrial designer Angelo Mangiarotti is a legend. By 1953 he was a visiting lecturer for design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and during this time he met design greats such as tFrank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Konrad Wachsmann. These masters were formative and influential for Mangiarotti's personal and professional growth. I imagine he created this chair around then, and gave it the name Chicago.

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"It's like sitting in the palm of a giant's hand."

—architect Alexander Gorlin

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