The Garden Egg was originally intended to be a garden chair. At that time Peter Ghyczy was working for the synthetics manufacturer Elastogran/Reuter in Lemf?rde. As leader of the design department, his tasks included exploring suitable areas of application for what were then new and particularly promising synthetic materials. The most prominent and later legendary example of this work was the Garden Egg.
As the name of the chair implies, this is an eggshaped object with a flat underside and a folding top. When open, the top forms the backrest. Inside there are soft cushions for comfort. When closed, the weather-proof, rain-proof 'shell' ensures that the chair can be kept outside all year round.
- Lacquered polyurethane, interior cushions with textile cover, metal hinge for lid
- Height: 17.4 cm / 6 7/8 inch
- Width: 12 cm / 4 3/4 inch
- Depth: 13.9 cm / 5 1/2 inch
- Each miniature is packaged in a wooden box, accompanied by an informational booklet.
- Each of the delicate objects are made by hand; on average, each miniature requires five hours of careful manual work. Ongoing quality control ensures that every miniature corresponds to its larger original in terms of finishing, details and materials.
Twenty years ago the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein began making miniature replicas of the great milestones in furniture design housed in its collection. A summary of the history of industrial furniture design – moving from the historic and art nouveau to the new Bauhaus’ radical design, and from postmodernism all the way up until the present day – the collection has grown to include more than 100 pieces. The chairs are all one sixth of the size of the originals. They are all true to scale and replicate the originals right down to the smallest details in construction, material and colour.
Vitra Miniatures Garden Egg Chair Designed by:
- Peter Ghyczy , 1968
Born in Budapest, Peter Ghyczy started his career as an architect in Germany as head of the legendary “design center”. He is famous as the designer of the “Garden Egg Chair”. This chair has reached iconic status and has become part of the collection of many museums in the world including the Vitra Design Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Peter Ghyczy has been living in the Netherlands for many years and this is where he founded his company. In an age of mass production and fast paced trends, where product life cycles are shortening and look increasingly alike, Ghyczy aims to create enduring values. They design and manufacture a timeless furniture collection of distinctive clarity and formal rigour, delicately balancing elegance, beauty and modernity – a collection for the connoisseur with a sense of life’s essentials, who values unique objects and expects furniture design to move beyond the merely fashionable.