OFFERED BY
0033624555251
Email Dealer

Showrooms

Sold Sold

Rare Mid-century Jean-Pierre Laporte Girolle armchair 1969

Sold
Documentation Documented elsewhere (exact item)
Origin France
Period 1950-1979
Materials Plexiglass, Polyester, Plastic
Dimensions
W. 31.5 in; H. 28.74 in; D. 29.53 in;
W. 80 cm; H. 73 cm; D. 75 cm;
Condition Good. Wear consistent with age and use
Creation Date 1969
Description Of this rare and unique armchair design—the Girolle—the designer Jean-Pierre Laporte said, “I discover all the qualities of polyester to exploit its flexibility, its nervousness, its ability to recover its memory shape. All this generates in me a creativity of forms to infinity. Sculpture enters the world of furniture. "
At the time he unveiled this design, the idea of using newfangled materials like polyester was only just entering into the collective consciousness of furniture designers on the edge of innovation; Laporte was one of the first to fully embrace the material, in fact not using it to merely replace wood or metal, but celebrating its properties in designs that pushed the limits of the possible, like this mid-century modern armchair.
Laporte was hired by renowned German designer Thonet in the mid-1960’s and honed his craft under the artistic eye of Pierre Paulin. Half a decade later, the Girolle armchair was born, finding an immediate place in design history. It eventually even became one of the armchairs at Paris’ Centre Pompidou.
Today, it’s not hard to see what made this chair so exalted in its time. In fact, its powers to arrest one’s attention and spark a desire to deeply explore its erotic, curving lines have not dimmed in the slightest. The pure white base is a sensual, sculptural masterpiece, while the soft red fabric offers a warm invitation to curl up atop it. Lest the unique design seem more decorative than functional, note that Laporte created the piece for optimal sitting comfort.
Truly a museum quality piece, the Girolle armchair is in excellent vintage condition.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern
Incollect Reference Number 304361
Sign In To View Price close

You must Sign In to your account to view the price. If you don’t have an account, please Create an Account below.

Loading...
Loading... Loading...
  • This website uses cookies to track how visitors use our website to provide a better user experience. By continuing to browse this website, you are agreeing to our cookie policy
    Ok
Join InCollect close

Join to view prices, save favorites, share collections and connect with others.

Forgot Password?
  • Be the first to see new listings and weekly events
    Invalid Email. Please try again.
    Enter