Sunday, August 23, 2009
Polypropylene stacking chair
This is one of the very few chairs that after over 40 years is still in production and has been been made in forty countries around the world, for schools, hospitals, airports, canteens, restaurants, arenas, hotels, as well as homes. It is the best-selling chair in the world.
The chair first appeared on the market in a choice of charcoal or flame red colours at a little under £3 in price. The side chair won a Council of Industrial Design (now the Design Council) award in 1965.
The brief from Hille was for a low cost mass-produced stacking chair, affordable by all and to meet virtually every seating requirement. Over time it became available in a wide variety of colours and with different forms of base and upholstery. These variations have included Series E for children, made in five sizes with lifting holes, and Polo with rows of graduated circular holes making it suitable for outdoor use.
The one-piece seat and back was injection moulded from polypropylene, a lightweight thermoplastic with a high impact resistance. It was invented by an Italian scientist, Guilio Natta, in 1954. This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Polypropylene stacking chair". This entry is a fragment of a larger work. Link may die if entry is finally removed or merged.