Mandarin Chair (1986)

The Mandarin Chair was a particular armchair favorite for corporate interiors, restaurants and libraries. Its sculptural arms invoke Thonet’s design, and is available in a variety of different color.

File:Knoll Mandarin Chair Ettorre Sottsass - Austin Calhoon Photograph.jpg
Knoll Mandarin Chair Ettorre Sottsass.-Austin Calhoon Photograph

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Who designed Mandarin Chair?

The Mandarin chair was designed in 1986 by Ettore Sottsass for Knoll. Inspired by his lifelong love of Viennese Biedermeier chairs, characterized by plush seats with clean lines and minimal adornment, the collection consisted of geometric sofas and lounge chairs in color-blocked upholsteries.


Ettore Sottsass and Fernanda Pivano at their home in Milan in 1969

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Data sheet

  • Length : 55 cm
  • Height : 83 cm
  • Depth : 67 cm
Late 20th Century Set of Four Ettore Sottsass for Knoll Mandarin Chairs
Ettore Sottsass for Knoll Mandarin Chairs

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Manufacturing the Mandarin

The chair’s material is polyurethane foam covered with black woven cloth. Painted round wood profile, painted steel and rubber. Padded square seat with square curved padded back, raised on four black painted tubular steel legs terminating in black rubber pads.

Pair of Ettore Sottsass Mandarin Chairs for Knoll in Red & Black For Sale
Pair of Ettore Sottsass Mandarin Chairs for Knoll in Red & Black

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American Ettore Sottsass Mandarin Chair for Knoll For Sale
American Ettore Sottsass Mandarin Chair for Knoll

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Info sources:

https://www.knoll.com/knollnewsdetail/ettore-sottsass

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