Egon Eiermann for Wilde + Spieth Pair of SE 42 Chairs in Plywood
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Egon Eiermann for Wilde + Spieth, pair of SE 42 chairs, plywood, metal, rubber, Germany, 1949.
This desirable pair of patinated tripod chairs are designed by the German architect and furniture designer Egon Eiermann in 1949 for Wilde + Spieth. Eiermann used beech plywood for the base of the chair and rubber in between two pieces. Both the seat and back have gentle curves that seem to be molded around the human body. This set is in exquisite, patinated condition.
This sculptural piece was designed by Eiermann after WW ll as part of a commission for a four-room apartment for the 'Wie Wohnen?' exhibition in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe (1949-1950). The expositions goal was to promote new materials and methods, especially industrial production to meet the high demand of furniture after the war. Eiermann who until than only designed a few furniture pieces and hasn’t had contact with industrial design yet. The SE 42 was the first of Eiermann's designs that went into serial production. The chair was inspired by the DCW chair (1946) by Charles and Ray Eames. This particular model by Eiermann is now seen as one of the plywood classics of the 20th century and is in the collection of the V&A Museum in London.
German architect and furniture designer Egon Eiermann (1904-1970) was at the peak of his career in postwar Germany. He studied architecture at Technische Universität Berlin. German architects Heinrich Tessenow and Hans Poelzig had strong impacts of Eiermann's work. After WW ll Eiermann began teaching at the university of Karlsruhe and opened his own office. One of his most famous projects is the new part of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin. Besides his work as an architect Eiermann prove his taste and comprehension of craftsmanship with designing timeless furniture.
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