contemporary restaurant chair / stackable / upholstered / metal
ARNO by Dr. Ing.Karl Otto
fabric, beech, leather, metal
If we look back on the 20th century and its outstanding furniture design, there were two particularly productive times during which many memorable designs were turned into reality. They were the 20s and 30s with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Heinz and Bodo Rasch, Carl Fieger, Mart Stam and Alvar Aalto, and the 50s and 60s with Eero Saarinen, CharIes Eames, Harry Bertoia, Max Bill and Egon Eiermann, to name just a few of the big names.
The arno chair belongs in the latter period. Designed in the 50s by L. & C. Arnold Schorndorf, arno was produced in Stendal until around 1960 before fading into obscurity – not least because of political circumstances. After the reissue in 1998, the chair was received with such enthusiasm that all the signs indicate that “new life” has been breathed into an old classic.
The chair looks surprisingly simple thanks to its pared down shape, but that is also the very reason why it sets such visual accents.