MoMA Exclusive: An Eastern European design icon from 1958, the RM58 Classic Chair was revolutionary for being one of the earliest examples of polyester-glass laminate furniture. In its original design by Roman Modzelewski, the RM58 is also manufactured exactly as the original—manually at a shipyard using yacht and boat production technologies. It’s sealed with a synthetic colored resin that guarantees extended longevity. Never serially produced until now, the RM58 is handmade in Poland from the original material. The RM58 Classic Chair is a comfortable lounge chair for your living space or office which doubles as a show-stopping sculpture. Comes in tomato red.
Why We Chose This
In 1957, Roman Modzelewski received an award for his first furniture designs' innovative form and application of modern materials at the Second All-Poland Exhibition of Interior Design in Warsaw. A year later he designed the RM58 Classic Chair, considered revolutionary for its pioneering application of fiberglass. This material plus the industrial technologies used to produce the RM58 made it possible to move beyond that era's constraints of craft manufacturing—and to offer a chair of consistently high quality. The RM58 drew the attention of Le Corbusier, who wanted to produce the chair in France, resulting in its patent in 1961. However, the chair was never commercially produced until now, available exclusively from MoMA Design Store in the original material.
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