Richard Meier – Armchair 810 (1982)

In my product designs, as in my architecture, I adhere to a Modernist vocabulary, focusing on proportion, scale and the manipulation of basic, strong geometry,” Richard Meier has explained. Standing in front of his Armchair 810 the ebonized bent maple and laminated maple armchair, number 810, is breathtakingly elegant and unique.

Armchair 810 has black hand-rubbed lacquer urethane finish and is U-shaped with hard-edged square profile members. The flat crest-rail and arms in one horizontal bent member and makes the geometry of the chair eminent. Front vertical legs are extended to meet the top bent member at a right angle and the straight back legs at curve also rise to meet the crest rail. There are two conforming evenly spaced supports between the crest rail and seat, which is a solid scoop-seat with a saddle. A conforming U-shaped stretcher connecting the bottom of the legs complete the chair.

Today a rare chair to sit, but finding it in an interior, with references to historic icons of design, such as Josef Hoffmann, Meier’s designs gains clarity and timeless refinement owing to their perfect proportions.

Author: Anna Marie Fisker