Chair (plastic)

Bofinger

Bofinger Chair/ BA 1171 (1964), Helmut Bätzner

Designed in 1964 by Helmut Bätzner, the Bofinger Chair was the first one-piece plastic chair to be mass-produced. In the days plastic furniture was a novelty and Bätzner presented his idea to furniture manufacturer Bofinger, who helped him out. In the end, the production process consisted of one single pressing over a steel mould, and the chair could be produced in only five minutes.

The Bofinger Chair is considered one of the most important classics of modern furniture design history. The Victoria & Albert Museum, Centre Pompidou and the Vitra Design Museum have all included the Bofinger Chair in their collection. The chair is currently not in production, but with some luck you’ll be able to find a vintage copy. In total, about 120,000 chairs have been produced.

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