FermobSENAT/ Luxembourg chair (1923), Anonymous
Designed in 1923 by the Ateliers de la Ville de Paris, under the SENAT brand name, the Fermob Luxembourg chair is an icon of French style. In the 19th century, the Parisian Senate decided to replace park benches with more comfortable chairs. From 1872, the right to produce the chairs was sold at public auctions, and by the 1920s the SENAT chairs took their place in the garden.
In 1990 the French company Fermob became the official supplier of the chairs. Fermob had bought an ironworks, which was one of the historical manufacturers of the chairs. As there still were a lot of old chairs in the running, some broken, some higher than other, some less ergonomic, Fermob hired designer Frédéric Sofia to standardize the chair in 2002. Originally painted in RAL 6012 green (as pictured above), the Luxembourg chair is now available in 24 colours and instantly became a new and subversive entry into the world of garden furniture.
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