The PP Mobler 501 Chair (1949)

Good evening. Tomorrow's Monday brings us fair weather in New York, but looms a bit heavier than usual. After much anticipation, we have the first debate of the 2016 American presidential election.

There is almost as much excitement as the first televised debate in 1960, between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. Notice quietly behind the scenes sits Hans J. Wegner's PP Mobler 501 chair (1949), also known as the Round One, the Debate Chair, Kennedy Chair, and eventually, The Chair. 

The PP501 has since spurred many reinterpretations since then. We are particularly fond of Naoto Fukasawa's Hiroshima Chair (2008) for Japanese wood furniture company Maruni Wood Industry.


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