Rare Egon Eiermann Pair of SE42 Plywood Chairs
Egon Eiermann for Wilde + Spieth, pair of plywood SE 42 chairs, Germany, circa 1950.
This desirable set of early patinated tripod plywood dining table chairs are designed by the German designer Egon Eiermann for Wilde & Spieth. Eiermann used beechwood plywood for the base of the chair and rubber for the connecting pieces. Both the seat and back have gentle curves that seem to be moulded around the human body. This set is in exquisite, patinated condition.
This sculptural piece was designed by Eiermann after the second world war as part of a commission for a four-room apartment for the 'Wie Wohnen' exhibition in 1949-1950. Eiermann was unexperienced in the field of plywood, industrial materials and only started to do so for this exhibition and with the collaboration of Wilde & Spieth. This piece was the first of Eiermann's that went into serial production. The main aim of this exhibition was to display the innovative, current materials and techniques. There was a very high demand for furniture at that time, cause by the destruction of war and the arrival of East-German refugees. The chair was heavily inspired by the DCW chair by Eames. This particular model by Eiermann is know seen as one of the plywood classics of the twentieth century and is in the collection of the V&A Museum in London.
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, were later produced in larger quantities by Friedrich Herr and Wilde + Spieth.