A pair of matching side chairs at the Goodwill. What I like most about them is their continuous steel frame. Its cross section is neither round like the Breuer/Stam tube steel work, nor flat like the Mies van der Rohe plate steel work. Instead, the oval-shaped chrome tube provides something interesting to grip and engineered to bend in one axis only.
A very nice cantilevered bounce as you sit. My main complaint is the stubby arms—the chrome ends were very cold where they hit the wrist. But with that wide stance and short grabbers it’s a bit like a T. Rex from a Cadillac dealership. America!
No idea who designed this one, but the label shows it was made by Steelcase.
Hold the phone. Bill, at Steelcase’s corporate office just wrote me back with the identity of this chair:
The chair represented is from our 454 series. This particular model is the sled base side chair.
Designer: Steelcase Design Studio
Product Description: Few chairs on the market in the mid 70’s thru the early 90’s could match the 454’s track record. Millions were put to work during that era and many of us either still have or least remember a conference room or twenty with these chairs in it. The sled base version, pictured here, was part of a broad offering of office chairs including, desk chairs, side chairs, executive high back chairs and “task seating”. The product featured softly sculptured contoured shapes and a double-shell construction.
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Well, it just goes to show.
Thank you Bill!