One of the ways I satisfy my life-long love of design and architecture is vicariously through my partner, who is not only an extraordinary architect, but has an encyclopedic knowledge of his craft, among other things.
Another is by constantly reading and discovering, so when I read an article about the history of the “Butterfly Chair” (pictured above) in the June 2019 AD, I knew I had to share it.
Knoll will resume production of the chair this year for the first time since 1951, when it was unable to obtain copyright protection. It remains one of the most copied designs of the 20th century.
The Butterfly chair was originally called the BKF or Hardoy chair after the trio of Le Corbusier alums—Grupo Austral’s Antonio Bonet, Juan Kurchan, and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy—who created it in Buenos Aires in 1938.
In 1940, MOMA’s industrial-design curator Edgar Kaufmann Jr. imported two back to the US from Buenos Aires: one went to MoMA, the other to his parents’ new house—Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. The rest is, well, history.
Buttterfly chairs at home of Daniel Romualdez in Ibiza by @miguelfloresvianna
June 2019; @knollinc @themuseumofmodernart