Brand new in original carton. Two available for immediate delivery. The First Chair is the most popular product of all the designs included in the Memphis collection. In 1983, when an initial handful arrived in the US, there was true hope and optimism that New Design and especially Memphis would finally be widely accepted and suitable for furnishing all interiors. In the beginning, visitors were almost afraid to try sitting on the chair, as it looked so different: balls where the armrests should be and a circular disk for a back. "Could this be comfortable?" they asked. We would show them "how to sit" with a bit of a slouch, the ends of their elbows resting on top of the balls: they could adjust the movable backrest to add optimum comfort. This design has taken its place in the history of important chair design. It is included in all major international museum design collections, including the Vitra Design Museum, the Design Museum in London, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Series: Series not numbered
Signature: Memphis/Milano metal identification tag on bottom of seat.
Image rights: The Modern Archive
Numerous exhibitions worldwide since its release in 1983
Included in Memphis: Research, Experiences, Results, Failures and Successes of New Design by Barbara Radice
About Michele de Lucchi
Italian, b. 1951, Ferrara, Italy, based in Rome, Italy