Form and function

Thursday, 30 June 2011

In the battle of form versus function, this Orchestra Chair (model 661C) designed for the Royal Festival Hall in 1951, illustrates quite beautifully how a little of latter can influence and shape the former.  It was Day's careful attention to the ultimate function of this chair - to elegantly accommodate the tailcoats of the members of the orchestra - which largely determined its form.  The original chair - which also had a small rail under the seat for holding the musicians' bows - was fabricated by Kingfisher Ltd. and upholstered using Tygan, a heavy duty woven plastic designed by former Bauhaus weaver Margaret Leischner and produced by Fothergill & Harvey.


  1. I would never have thought about the tailcoats. I guess that's one of the several million reasons I only blog and don't design furniture. :)



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