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…