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Platner Arm Chair in Gold

Warren Platner 1966

In 1966, the Platner Collection captured the "decorative, gentle and graceful" shapes that were beginning to infiltrate the modern vocabulary. 50 years later, we celebrated the remarkable collection by offering it in 18 karat gold, something that Platner himself had always intended. This stunning dining chair brings mid-century elegance to any dining room.

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    Construction and Details
    • Shell is molded fiberglass with molded latex foam cushion
    • Base constructed of 18 karat gold-plated vertical steel rods welded to circular horizontal and edge-framing rods
    • Frame is coated with clear lacquer for protection 
    • Clear plastic extrusion ring on bottom of the base for a smooth bottom surface
    • Platner Arm Chair in Gold is certified Clean Air GOLD
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    With his experience in the firm of Eero Saarinen and Associates, it is not surprising that the mantle for the second generation of pedestal and wire furniture fell on the creative shoulders of Warren Platner. Reflecting a dramatic shift in cultural values, modernism became more expressive in the 1960s. Platner felt there was an opportunity to merge the competing aesthetics of the time. 

    Designed in 1966, The Platner Collection was originally supposed to be gold-plated. However, the technology of the time made gold plating in large-scale production impossible, leading to the nickel-plated steel known today.

    When Benjamin Pardo, Knoll Design Director, learned of Platner's intent, he began attempting to recreate the design with its intended finish. “I went to the Italians and asked if they could do it and they said, ‘no.’ I kept asking them, again and again, and they were eventually able to create a series of prototypes." These experiments culminated in the issue of Platner Gold in 2015, honoring Platner's original wish in time for the collection's fifty-year anniversary.

    The gold finish reflects Platner's gilded modern aesthetic, the most quintessential example of which is Windows on the World, a complex of venues that crowned the North Tower of the former World Trade Center. Lush with brass fixtures, taupe upholstery, shiny wood-paneling and kaleidoscopic mirrors, the sky-high interior was named a "modernist Versailles" by some architectural critics and featured two restaurants, a bar—called "The World's Greatest Bar"—and a number of luxurious executive lounges.

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    Warren Platner studied at Cornell University, graduating in 1941 with a degree in architecture. He went on to work with legendary architects Raymond Loewy, Eero Saarinen, and I. M. Pei before opening his own architecture practice. Platner made notable architectural contributions throughout his career, including the Georg Jensen Design Center and the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center ― both in New York City. It was his furniture collection for Knoll, however, that earned Platner worldwide renown.

    Originally introduced by Knoll in 1966, the Platner Collection is an icon of modern furniture. Platner personally formulated the production techniques for the complicated designs with each chair requiring over a thousand welds and more than one hundred cylindrical steel rods. Knoll also introduced an executive private office collection designed by Platner.



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