We are less than a work week away from the beginning of Knoll Space Sale and we wanted to highlight a designer that has always been a Vastu favorite: Warren Platner.
Warren Platner was an American architect and designer known primarily for his mid-century modernist interior design and furniture. Born in Baltimore in 1919, Platner went on to study architecture at Cornell University and, following graduation in 1941, worked in the offices of legendary architects Eero Saarinen and I.M. Pei. In Saarinen’s office, Platner participated in the designs for the Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C., the Repertory Theater at Lincoln Center and several dormitories at Yale University. It was after this extensive exposure to many innovative modern designers of the period, and having gathered a great deal of experience, that Platner opened his own office, Platner Associates, in Connecticut in 1967. Platner Associates quickly became a significant design studio, creating furniture, lighting and textiles, as well as residential and commercial interiors.
In the 1960s, working with the aid of a grant from the Graham Foundation and with the Knoll production team, Platner immersed himself in the creation of steel wire furniture. He developed what is known as the Knoll “Platner Collection,” his major furniture contribution to the mid-century landscape. For this series of chairs, ottomans and tables, Platner designed both the structure and the production method. Production was complicated because the sculptural bases were made of hundreds of rods and for some chairs required more than 1,000 welds. An intricate cylindrical mesh steel base, creating a unique architectural play between the interior and exterior space, supported the upholstered seat.
In creating these pieces he wrote that, “as a designer, I felt there was room for the kind of decorative, gentle, graceful kind of design that appeared in period style like Louis XV.” He also outlined the definition of a “classic” as being, “something that every time you look at it, you accept it as it is and you see no way of improving it,” a quality that has often been applied to this series of furniture.
The Knoll Space Sale starts Friday, September 20th and runs through Tuesday, October 1st.
Anybody familiar with the Platner collection from Knoll can probably appreciate the way Warren Platner made comfortable, sculptural and beautiful furniture from something as simple as bent wire. Reintroduced in August 2012, the Platner Easy Chair + Ottoman follow this same design aesthetic at a much larger scale.
“Since the mid-sixties, Warren Platner’s collection of seating and tables using nickel-plated bent wire as a structural and decorative element has captivated furniture enthusiasts. While many Platner Collection pieces have been in continuous production, the Easy Chair and Ottoman were produced between 1966 and 1988.
The hand manufactured Easy Chair, a popular sculptural icon paring geometry and color, is the epitome of curvy comfort; it is available with or without the Ottoman, which can also be used independently.”
The Platner Easy Chair + Ottoman is part of the upcoming Knoll Classics Sale (Feb. 25th – Mar. 3rd) and is eligible for 15% Off and FREE in-home white-glove delivery for orders delivered to the DC Metro Area.
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“Warren Platner studied architecture at Cornell University. Following his work with legendary designers Raymond Loewy, Eero Saarinen and I. M. Pei, he immersed himself in the creation of steel wire furniture, devising the method and tooling to produce the lounge chair in the line as well. Notable among his residential and commercial projects are the Georg Jensen Design Center and the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center, both in New York City” (via Knoll)
Visually iconic, Platner really knew how to make his steel wire pieces beautiful!
The Knoll Classics Sale runs through March 4th.