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Butterfly Chair des. Ferrari-Hardoy, Bonet & Kurchani, 1938 - Anniversary Edition (made by Knoll)


By: Knoll

The Butterfly Chair - also known as the BFK, the Argentina, the African and the Hardoy Chair -  is simultaneously refined and informal. Whatever you call it, this is a classic of elegant modernity, produced by Knoll to the highest of standards. 

When Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy, Antonio Bonet and Juan Kurchani designed this chair  1938 it was a radical piece and a reworking of a classic piece of military kit: the 'Tripolina', a folding armchair used by the British army and designed by Joseph B. Fenby in 1877. They substituted the wooden skeleton and metal joints with a structure in tubular metal, a feature of the new so-called 'rationalist furnishings'. .

Today, quality materials make the lines of the Butterfly even more sinuous and dynamic. The thermoformed felt is crafted into a self-supporting structure to serve as both seating and covering. This can be assembled directly onto the structure without adding stitching for ultimate comfort and style. Such innovative details serve to enhance a classic of the history of design, focusing on its beauty and projecting it into the future.

Chair dimensions are 82cm W x 76cm D x 32/90cm H

Pictured here in red felt with a chrome frame, price £1045 plus postage which is calculated at checkout. If you order this chair on this page, this is the specificatuion you will receive. However the Butterfly's fabulous felt is available to order in many other colours, please contact us for details - email ,  call 01274 531163 or better still, visit our expert staff in store.