Katavolos, Kelley and Littell for ICF Set of Twelve T-Chairs in Leather
William Katavolos, Douglas Kelley, and Ross Littell for ICF de Padova, set of twelve 'T-Chair' dining chairs, leather, enameled steel, chrome-plated steel, Italy, 1952
This set of elegant and playful three-legged chairs has a very delicate look. The chairs are curvaceous and sculptural and feature wonderful detailing in both seat and legs. The leather is connected to the frame on three points, resulting in a floating seat. The steel frame holds the leather by means of three separate T-shaped metal rods that are connected via a black connective T. Hence the nickname T-chair.
In 1949, a partnership began between William Katavolos, Douglas Kelley, and Ross Littell, all alumni of The Pratt Institute in New York. The three men formed a design studio, which can be considered as part of the so-called Good Design movement of the 1950s: producing furniture in a minimalistic style and usually rendering in lightweight materials. Together they produced a line of furniture called Laverne Originals. Among their renowned creations, the T-chair stood out as particularly noteworthy. This iconic chair design has earned a place in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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