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Butterfly Chair

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Black velvet or white canvas. Scooby Doo or PowerPuff Girls. From synthetic leopard-print and plastic to leather and tubular steel. The butterfly chair is functional, comfortable, space-saving and just, well, groovy.

Originally designed pre-1940 (yes, that far back), and claimed by many as their own (no one knows who designed the first wooden-framed model), the butterfly chair was produced exclusively by Knoll from 1945 - 1975 until they lost a copyright infringement lawsuit. Now the butterfly design is produced by anyone and everyone from Target to Ralph Lauren.

Butterfly chairs in black, pink and leopard.

The Butterfly Chair, pre-1940


Resources for the Butterfly Chair:

Purchase Chair Online at Butterflychair.com

One Media: 53 Design Classics

Knoll's Design Heritage

Britannica: Industrial Design

Butterfly Chair, poem by Fred Marchant


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