THE UTRECHT CHAIR
Arent&Pyke have been shortlisted for the 2013 Sydney Design Awards for the New York Apartment and we are so thrilled by the honour. With that in mind we would be absolutely thrilled if our wonderful readers could take 5 and vote for us! This year the voting is based on a rating system. At the very top of our entry we ask that you very kindly click ‘Register to Rate’ and rate away. Let’s go 5 stars!
This brings us to one of the most eye-catching and recognisable elements of our New York apartment – the Utrecht chair upholstered in vivid red and orange wool felt. They have almost come to symbolise this project for us! We are long-time admirers of this design, and this was not the first (but not the last) time we had the chance to use them in a project.
Designed nearly 80 years ago by Gerrit Rietveld, the Utrecht chair is still as cutting edge and unique as it was in 1935. Now manufactured by Cassina, there is just something about this chair: it is angular, geometric, masculine yet elegant, and somehow a bit gravity-defying. The lines of the Utrecht Chair are completely unlike any traditional armchair, and its stout form makes you think it is more substantial than it is. In fact, this chair has a remarkably small footprint at just 64x85cm.
It’s versatility comes from its broad range of uses – working just as well as a stand alone feature chair as it does when used in multiples. Usually upholstered in its trademark wool felt in bold colours with white contrast stitching, we do love it in cobalt blue. Most recently we have installed a pair in moody blues in the Randwick House (a sneak peak here)
1 – 3. NYC Apartment by Arent & Pyke photography by Anson Smart
4. Living Etc magazine July 2011 via Urban Kaleidoscope
5. Dinder House by Ilse Crawford via NY Times
6. Homes & Gardens magazine August 2010 via Urban Kaleidoscope