The Landi Chair was originally designed for the Swiss regional exhibition (commonly known as the 'Landi') of 1939. Coray's design meets the requirements of an outdoor chair: it is light, comfortable, weather-proof and can be stacked vertically. It is easy to transport and store and can be used in a wide open space. The choice of material for the Landi Chair was aluminum, one of the most important Swiss exports in the 1930s. The curved, slightly elastic seat-pan consists of sheet aluminum, and the lower frame and armrests are made of aluminum sections. The seat-pan acquires its shape in several processing stages in a drawing press. The surface is anodized, hardening the aluminum and protecting against corrosion. The characteristic perforation gave the chair visual and physical lightness in addition to enhanced rigidity. Originally designed as a weather-resistant outdoor chair, this design classic has long been popular in indoor environments too.
- Sheet Aluminum, Synthetic Sliders
- Height: 12.3 cm / 4 7/8 inch
- Width: 8.8 cm / 3 1/2 inch
- Depth: 10.4 cm / 4 1/8 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 Landi Chair Designed by:
- Hans Coray , 1938
Switzerland, 1906 - 1991
Hans Coray was raised in Zurich, where he completed a doctorate in Romance languages. In the 1930s he began to experiment with metal and wire as an autodidact, applying these techniques to the design of furnishings, industrial products and sculptures. He was closely associated with the artists of Dada and the Concrete Art movement in Zurich, a circle including Max Bill, Verena Loewensberg and Hans Fischli.
In the summer of 1938, Hans Fischli, who had studied at the Bauhaus, encouraged him to develop models for the official chair of the 1939 Swiss National Exhibition – designs that 'should be new in every way'. Over a short period of time, Hans Coray developed two prototypes for 'an all-aluminium chair that can be stacked vertically'. His aim was to create a lightweight and graceful chair that combined an inviting appearance with outstanding comfort.
As the first of Coray's seating designs to enter production, the Landi Chair became a milestone in design history. An adherent of humanist values, Coray continued to create furniture into the 1950s, turning his attention in the later years of his life to painting and sculpture.