This particular vintage Ovalia Egg Chair was produced by Torlan Staffanstorp Sweden in 1968. The shell is made from orange fiberglass chair and upholstered with black fabric and foam and is resting on a polished aluminium swivel foot.
Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.
The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.
Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.
With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.
It regained prominence more recently when it was used in a number of scenes in the 1997 film Men in Black. For the movie's 2002 sequel, promotional posters showed actors Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones sat in matching versions of the design. The chair went back into mass production as a result.
The chair's creator, Henrik Thor-Larsen, originally built plastic chassis for racing cars. He then designed the seats for auto brand Saab's Sonett model, before turning his attention to industrial design.
The 1960s were a heady time, with both society and the language of design undergoing rapid changes over a short period. Back in 1968, Henrik Thor-Larsen exhibited his Ovalia egg chair for the first time, at the Scandinavian Furniture Fair. With original examples now antiques, and with even replicas being prohibitively expensive, it might just be worth considering building your own if you need to have one. Thankfully, [Talon Pascal] leads the way.
Too bad he upholstered it.A good coat of wax. I little more carpentry. An afternoon of fiberglass and he could have used this as a buck to build a mold. . Then he could have had another chair every couple of days.
At least five famous midcentury modern designers made chairs that looked like large hard-boiled eggs with a cutout for seating space: Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971), Milo Baughman (1923-2003), Peter Ghyczy (1940-) and Charles Eames (1907-1978) are four of them. But the fifth and most famous was the Ovalia egg chair made in 1968 by Danish designer Henrik Thor-Larsen (1932-).
The chair was made with a round aluminum base and velvet upholstery on a white fiberglass frame. It was made to swivel. Some of the chairs were made with stereo speakers built into the backs. Hundreds of other chairs seemed inspired by Ovalia. There are womb chairs, rocking egg chairs, fried egg chairs, wicker egg chairs, swing egg chairs and more, all with the rounded egg shape. There are also hundreds of copies selling at low prices. The original Egg chair, sold by New Orleans Action Galleries, brought a bid of $1,000, the estimated price, in a recent auction.
Thor-Larsen was discovered by Saab and was asked to design the seats for the company's new product, the slightly more sporty model Sonett. His interest then turned increasingly to industrial design and it was not a big step from car seats to easy chairst.
If you're in the business or commercial market and thinking about transforming your work environment well you've found the perfect chair(s) for the job. We actually sell more of these chairs for commercial installations than we do to private residences! Usually in pairs or quantities of placing 3 or 4 chairs in an open area that instantly revamps the entire look of an other wise dull office interior. The Ovalia Egg Pod Chairs are great for lounging, phone calls, reading or even laptop work and work as great little bubbles for creative space or lounge areas. As mentioned the cushions are removable and machine washable and the chairs spin full 360 degrees.
I love retro furniture, and the Ovalia egg chair has always been my favorite. But with modern décor and interior replacing most of my old furniture, I never thought my dream of owning this chair would ever become a reality. I was almost giving up the hopes of incorporating this chair into my space until I came across the Bud Adjustable Computer Workstation. This amazing workstation pays tribute to my favorite Ovalia egg chair and is a perfect mix of retro and modern design. Resembling the beautiful chair yet possessing a distinctive style of its own, this chair and desk have stolen my heart. And what is more amazing is that this workstation will blend beautifully with my modern decor and give a retro feel. 781b155fdc