The S-Chair has been the first great success from the young designer Tom Dixon in his time and meant his ascent from the underground to the design-elite. The curved chair is considered as classic today and can be found in the New York Museum of Modern Art among others.
Looking back, originally designed as individual piece the S-Chair is a deciding design for the further career from Tom Dixon. Dixon spent the 1980es as performance artist in the London night clubs and there he welded together his pieced of furniture live on top of a stage. During that creative period in 1987 not only the Kitchen Chair out of ladles and pans emerged, but also the S-Chair that has been worked out again one year later by Dixon.
It was only in 1988 when Tom Dixon equipped the freely curved S-Chair with the sophisticated coating and the swung forms. The “erotic” chair with the wide hips and the slim waistline has consciously been shaped as unicum in its time and does not only adapt to the demands of the serial furniture production.
Despite or just therefore the young Tom Dixon and his unusual S-Chair caught the Italian furniture manufacturer Giulio Cappellini’s attention. That is how the S-Chair became the first design from Tom Dixon for Cappellini that has soon been followed by other products, such as the not less legendary Pylon Chair.
Since 1991 / 1992 the S-Chair is produced by Cappellini. Despite the adaptation for the serial furniture production the manufacturing procedure of the braided chair is still elaborate. The S-Chair possesses a frame out of steel and plastic feet. Today, beside the elaborate basket works Wicker and Straw for the coating, also leather and other covers are available.
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