Artist/Designer: Michele De Lucchi
b. 1951, Ferrara, Italy
Title: First Chair
Medium: Painted wood, metal, and rubber
Dimensions: 35"h x 23" x 19.5"
Manufacturer: Memphis/Milano 1983
Details: Brand new in original carton. Two available for immediate delivery. Memphis/Milano metal identification tag on bottom of seat.
Notes from the Archive: The First Chair is the most popular product of all the designs included in the Memphis collection. In 1983, when an initial handful arrived in the US, there was true hope and optimism that New Design and especially Memphis would finally be widely accepted and suitable for furnishing all interiors. In the beginning, visitors were almost afraid to try sitting on the chair, as it looked so different: balls where the armrests should be and a circular disk for a back. "Could this be comfortable?" they asked. We would show them "how to sit" with a bit of a slouch, the ends of their elbows resting on top of the balls: they could adjust the movable backrest to add optimum comfort. This design has taken its place in the history of important chair design. It is included in all major international museum design collections, including the Vitra Design Museum, the Design Museum in London, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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