Massimo Vignelli, Lella Vignelli, David Law Handkerchief Chair 1985

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The Handkerchief chair, designed for the Knoll furniture company by Lella and Massimo Vignelli and available in a range of colors, offers a playful take on the traditional stacking office chair. The flowing shape of its synthetic seat is ergonomic and suggests weightlessness, like a handkerchief floating in the breeze. The fruitful, collaborative relationship between husband and wife began in 1961, and the couple founded Vignelli Associates in the United States in 1971. Their work together has encompassed designs for graphics (most notably corporate identity and way–finding systems) as well as interiors, furniture, and industrial products, all executed with an elegant simplicity.

Gallery label from Designing Modern Women 1890–1990, October 5, 2013–October 1, 2014.
Knoll International, Inc., New York, NY
Fiberglass-reinforced polyester and metal
29 x 22 1/8 x 18 1/4" (73.7 x 56.2 x 46.4 cm)
Gift of the manufacturer
Object number
Architecture and Design

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