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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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • creator Douglas Kelly (Designer) ICF De Padova (Manufacturer) Ross Littell and William Katavolos ()
  • date of manufacture 1952
  • dimensions Height 31.89 in. Width 23.23 in. Depth 22.05 in. Seat Height 19.3 in.
  • dimensions Height 81 cm Width 59 cm Depth 56 cm Seat Height 49 cm
  • material Chrome Leather Steel
  • origin Italy
  • period 1950-1959
  • style Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • barcode 50114269 + 45013831