The Hardoy Butterfly Chair for Knoll

The butterfly chair is truly a pinnacle in minimalist Mid Century Modern design. Designer’s use this piece to gently anchor spaces and create intrigue. The history of the chair is as fascinating as it’s lines.

“The B.K.F. Chair—also known as the Hardoy Chair, Butterfly Chair, Safari Chair, Sling Chair, or Wing Chair—was designed in Buenos Aires and its name credits its three designers. The first two B.F.K. chairs to come to the United States went to Fallingwater, Edgar Kaufmann Jr.’s home in Pennsylvania (designed by family friend Frank Lloyd Wright), and to MoMA. Edgar Kaufmann accurately predicted that the lightweight and inexpensive lounge chair would become hugely popular in the U.S., particularly on the West Coast.

Artek-Pascoe produced the chair from 1941 to 1948, sending royalties back to Argentina. Knoll Associates acquired U.S. production rights in the late 1940s and unsuccessfully pursued legal action against unauthorized copies, which continue to be produced to this day.” The Museum of Modern Art

Go to our shop and snag our late 1940’s butterfly chair with a gorgeous patina to the original full grain leather. There’s only one and when it’s gone, it’s gone forever!