Warren Platner: A continuing icon of 1960s modernism

September 23, 2019
Warren Platner: A continuing icon of 1960s modernism

Today, I’ll talk about an icon of mid-century furniture design. The man who dramatically redefined design sensibilities.

His entire body of work is astonishing! Not limiting himself to furniture, Platner was also behind some of the most enduring pieces of modern architecture.

The Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. The Repertory Theatre at Lincoln Center. John Deere World Headquarters.

The Georg Jensen Design Center. Windows on the World restaurant in the destroyed World Trade Center. The list goes on and on...

All of them are signature Platner designs.

Warren Platner

But his most prolific legacy will be the contributions he made to furniture design.

In 1966 the Platner Collection captured the "decorative, gentle, graceful" shapes that were creating a buzz. The pieces are created by welding hundreds of curved, nickel-plated steel rods to circular frames, simultaneously serving as structure and ornament.

Warren Platner Armchair

Warren Platner Easy Chair

“I began to think about what I thought furniture, specifically a chair, really might be, starting with the philosophy that it isn’t going to be aggressively technological, or aggressively handicraft…

I, as a designer, felt there was room for the kind of decorative, gentle, graceful kind of design that appeared in period style like Louis XV”

   - Warren Platner

In our quaint little workshop, our master craftsmen have paid tribute to the original 1966 Platner collection in their own way.

Get ready for a quiet, sophisticated revolution in your living space. Embrace mid-century modern design.