Landi chair

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De­signer Hans Co­ray, 1938.

De­tails An­odised-alu­minium chair, £385, Vi­tra at Aram Store.

Back­ground Not many items of fur­ni­ture have ended up on a na­tion’s postage stamp, but the Landi chair re­ceived that hon­our back in 2004, when Switzer­land in­cluded it as part of the coun­try’s most sig­nif­i­cant de­sign achieve­ments (along with the pocket watch, Swiss Army knife and, er, the fu­nic­u­lar rail­way). This lightweight, stack­able beauty cer­tainly de­serves ev­ery plau­dit it gets, for its ar­rival her­alded the emer­gence of in­dus­trial de­sign, mass pro­duc­tion, multi usage, weath­er­proof ma­te­ri­als and longevity, which is quite an im­pres­sive list. Cre­ated by self-taught de­signer Hans Co­ray, the Landi was con­ceived as an en­try to a com­pe­ti­tion, held to find suit­able gar­den fur­ni­ture for the Swiss Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion (or Sch­weiz­erische Land es a us st el lung, hence‘ Landi’ ).Itw as also pro­posed that the en­tries should use dis­tinctly Swiss ma­te­ri­als and alu­minium was cho­sen be­cause the coun­try was one of the world’s lead­ing ex­porters. After Co­ray won the prize, 1,500 chairs were pro­duced and then sold after the ex­hi­bi­tion for a princely five francs each – ex­actly five times the cost of the postage stamp cel­e­brat­ing his achieve­ment. We should have bought a set…

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