Inspired by Mart Stam

Cantilever Armchair

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Mart Stam Cantilever Armchair ST31 Zoom

Inspired by Mart Stam

Cantilever Armchair

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100% Made in Italy. Chromed tubular steel frame or black lacquered (available also in other colours). Seat and back double hide upholstery.
History
This cantilever chair comes from a prototype Stam made for his wife around 1926. He used pieces of grey tubular steel, connected each other by “L” joints, normally used for natural gas pipes. The stability was guaranteed by a horizontal bar, which kept the legs rigid, eliminated in later reproductions. Stam’s intention was to make a chair that was functional, modern, comfortable and, above all, lightweight and easy to move. This idea of a chair without back legs, which used the tensile properties of steel, was studied by many in that period (including Stam, Breuer and Mies), and its intellectual property rights were object of a dispute in German courts, which ruled in favor of Stam. Without doubts, it is still one of the best-selling chairs in the world. Polished chrome or lacquered tubular steel frame. Seat and back upholstery in thick cowhide.

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Dimensions W60 D55 H82 HS45 cm
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M. Stam

Stam

M. Stam

(1899-1986)

Choosing the materials is half the job done; using them is the other half.

Dutch architect, designer and urban planner, Mart Stam is an important figure for the urbanistic theories of the Modernism. As an exponent of the left wing of the movement, he supported particularly new ethical and social positions in architecture. To create a chair without back legs, that was functional, light and practical, beginning from 1926, Stam began working with lengths of thin standard gas pipe. This was the first cantilever chair, exploiting the tensile properties of steel, that would become a benchmark in the history of furniture design.

The artistic copyright for the cantilever chair was attributed to Stam in 1932, after a long patent dispute with Mies van der Rohe and Breuer. Stam was an honorary member of the Bauhaus since1928, giving a valid artistic contribution in the field of furniture design. Stam interests were, however, increasingly directed to houses and cities design, such as the renowned townhouses of the Weissenhof district in Stuttgart. He worked as an urban planner in Russia and Rotterdam, and finally on the Dresden reconstruction, after World War II.