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What is this?

Stamped seat shell supported on a frame that functions as legs and armrests, the back is punched with 49 hand-cut holes, and the seat with 42; gray rubber feet.

Why is this in our collection?

The Landi chair was one of the first highly successful designs for seating furniture using aluminum sheeting, a new material in the 1930s. Introduced at the 1939 Swiss National Exhibition (Schweizerische Landesaustellung) in Zurich, the chair was the official seating for the grounds. The seat and back are made of a single aluminum sheet, stamped into shape and perforated with circular holes, and the arm-and-leg elements are formed of thin bent aluminum strips. The Landi was probably based on seats designed for aircraft, an area in which aluminum was already used extensively by the late 1930s. The use of aluminum made the chair extremely light weight and weather resistant, allowing it to be portable,... more

This is a chair from Switzerland. It is dated designed 1938, manufactured 1938–61 and we acquired it in 2013. Gift of Harry C. Sigman. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

molded and punched aluminum, silver anodizing, rubber

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.

This object was manufactured by P. and W. Blattmann Metallwarenfabrik and designed by Hans Coray

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