Oscar Niemeyer & Pierre Vandel Vertebrae chair

Niemeyer, Oscar, Vandel, Pierre, Lounge Chairs, France, 1970s

A vertebrae chair by French designer Pierre Vandel (born 1939). The chair is made of an aluminum ribbed frame, giving the chair its name, and is upholstered with brown alcantara.

The original idea for the chair came from the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who lived in Paris from 1965 until 1985. During these years (1965-71) Niemeyer designed the headquarters of the Communist Party in Paris. Vandel worked on this project and Niemeyer gave him the sketches for the chair, as he didn’t have time to further develop the design.

The model was designed circa 1970 and only 400 pieces were produced of this version without armrests. Another 400 with arms were made. One of the chairs was part of the Sensate: Bodies and Design exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2009.

  • 4827
  • Price on request
  • 37.80 in / 96.0 cm
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