Egon Eiermann Two E10 Wicker Lounge Chairs with Ottoman
Egon Eiermann, pair of lounge chairs with ottoman E 10, wicker, Germany, design 1952, production, 1960s
Already in the 1940s Eiermann had woven wicker for covering couches and armchairs, but also used it as an architectural element in outdoor doors and fences. In 1948 the first design of this E10 was already taking shape. Until his death in 1970, he developed from this material a whole series of armchairs, benches, benches, tables, umbrella stands, floor mats and paper baskets. Eiermann felt the urge to work with wicker because of the handwork and craft that went into the material, as opposed to industrialization. For this reason he worked together with many different wicker braiders to succeed in working with this material. This famous rattan chair is designed on a conical, slightly bulging foot that opens a wide round seat shell that bulges outwards. Eiermann has used the technique of wickerwork, which is suitable for the formation of curved surfaces, in order to find a highly organic form that corresponds to the natural substance. The design became instantly popular but gained even more attention when it was included in the world exhibition in Brussels.
Egon Eiermann (1904-1970) was one of the most prominent architects of post-war modernism in Germany. In the beginning of his career, he started an architecture studio with Fritz Jaenecke. One of his most famous works is the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche at the Breitscheidplatz in Berlin. As he was famous for his simple, minimalistic architecture with precise details and structural clarity, Eiermann is also known for his furniture design, such as the iconic SE68 chair. His furniture, mainly exclusively designed for his architectural projects, was later produced in larger quantities by Friedrich Herr and Wilde and Spieth.
- Egon Eiermann. Die Möbel. Ex. Cat. Badisches Landesmuseum. Karlsruhe: Info Verlag, 1990, p. 118 - 133.