This chair, along with two other models, was commissioned by The Conran Shop in 2008 to the designer Martino Gamper for The London Design Festival and for the shops "Inspirations Collection". It´s made of bent wood. The title of this particular model is "Chair Of The Rings" (of course a nod to the famous trilogy "Lord of the rings" by J.R.R Tolkien). The design process was that Gamper did go to the Thonet factory in Mundus, Croatia and was given a pile of old parts from well known Thonet models and than reinterpret the classic Thonet bent wood chair by reassemble those parts to make three new models . After that, Thonet took those examples and produced these three models to be displayed at The Conran Shop in London, Paris and Tokyo. This was not a true so called Limited Edition but could only be bought when ordering them directly from one of the Conran shops at this particular time. After contacting The Conran Shop they confirm that a very limited number of these chairs were ever produced for customers and they estimated that around 10-15 pieces of each model may have been ordered at the time. This example was bought and ordered from The Conran Shop in Paris in 2008.
Gamper had, before this project, made quite an impact on the contemporary design scen with his highly acclaimed "100 chairs in 100 days" concept where he re-designed 100 famous and infamous chairs in 100 days by taking them apart and reassemble them in new and surprising ways by mixing parts from different chairs so the end product was completely different.
The chair is in a very good condition with minimal ware. These chairs were never intended to used as real chairs to be sat on but should rather be seen as a sculpture or work of art. Perfect for a museum or a collector.
Designer: Martino Gamper
Manufacturer/Maker: Thonet, Mundus, Croatia
Design Period: 2008
Country of Manufacture: Croatia
Condition: Very good with very light ware
Restoration and Damage Details: -
Width: 52,5 cm
Depth: 55 cm
Height: 118 cm
Seat hight: 43 cm
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