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.


Mandarin Chair
Mandarin Chair

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
Ettore Sottsass

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Data sheet

  • Length : 55 cm
  • Height : 83 cm
  • Depth : 67 cm
Mandarin Chair, Ettore Sottsass for Knoll, (1986)
Mandarin Chair, Ettore Sottsass for Knoll, (1986)

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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.

Mandarin Chair, Ettore Sottsass for Knoll, (1986)
Mandarin Chair, Ettore Sottsass for Knoll, (1986)

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Mandarin Chair, Ettore Sottsass, (1986)
Mandarin Chair, Ettore Sottsass, (1986)

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Info sources:

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

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