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Landi Chair, designed 1938, manufactured 1938–61

This is a chair. It was designed by Hans Coray and manufactured by P. and W. Blattmann Metallwarenfabrik. It is dated designed 1938, manufactured 1938–61 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is molded and punched aluminum, silver anodizing, rubber. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This chair was among the first successful seating designs using sheet aluminum—a relatively new lightweight, weather-resistant material—anodized to harden the surface and protect against corrosion. The seat and back are made of a single molded sheet perforated with circular holes that lightened the form and when used outdoors provided drainage from the rain.

It is credited Gift of Harry C. Sigman.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 75.9 x 51.1 x 55.1 cm (29 7/8 x 20 1/8 x 21 11/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Maker's insignia "MEWA" on face of chair back at center top. "Switzerland" stamped on rear crossbar beneath seat.

Cite this object as

Landi Chair, designed 1938, manufactured 1938–61. molded and punched aluminum, silver anodizing, rubber. Gift of Harry C. Sigman. 2013-21-34.

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