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June 19, 2022

Luigi Colani Office Chair, an Early Concept of the Modern “Integrated Workspace” in 1970

The retrofuturistic Luigi Colani office chair features a built-in split Selectric-style typewriter.

Futuristic workstation, 1970.

Luigi Colani (1928-2019), originally an aircraft designer, was a German industrial designer creating various stuff from actual aircraft to toothbrushes. The curvy, rounded, organic, "biodynamic" forms are his hallmark.

“Careful observation teaches me that with the exception of crystals nothing in nature admits of a straight line,” he told OMNI Magazine. “The universe itself is made up of curves and I can only obey the laws of nature.”

The futuristic “home office” of the 1970s depicted above includes a built-in typewriter with a monoblock split layout and palm/wrist rests.



Luigi Colani sculpturing the first prototype typing chair in polystyrene foam at Schloss Harkotten in the 1970s.




1 comment:

  1. Luigi Colani's secretary chair from 1970s in a museum at the office furniture company Haworth in Holland Michigan
    https://twitter.com/Cultobjects/status/247053632019771393

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