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Platner Armchair

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Despite being made of sturdy nickel-plated steel wire rods, the Platner armchair — designed by Warren Platner (1919–2006) — takes on a delicate, organic quality. 


The interior designer and furniture maker studied architecture at Cornell University before working in the offices of Raymond Loewy, I.M. Pei and Eero Saarinen. Architecture became Platner’s primary field — the Baltimore native was the 1955 winner of the Rome Prize in Architecture, and he is best known for his glamorous design of the Windows on the World restaurant at the original World Trade Center. Over time, Platner also developed a special interest in furniture and took on interior projects under award-winning Irish-American architect Kevin Roche. As head of interior design for Roche's firm in the mid-1960s, Platner created the now-revered office spaces at the Ford Foundation’s headquarters in New York City. While finishing that project, he went on to open his own practice in Connecticut.


Platner’s armchair was part of the decorative Platner Collection, his seminal work in furniture design. In addition to the armchair, the series — created in 1962 — originally included a dining table, side tables and more. The designer had already built a relationship with Knoll over the years, and the company introduced Platner's chair in 1966. Platner found inspiration for this piece in the now-celebrated designs that came before it, such as Saarinen’s Tulip chair and tables. But rather than firmly plant his work within the futuristic realm of mid-century modernism, Platner incorporated a graceful aesthetic reminiscent of the Louis XV era in his lightweight chair. The Platner armchair is still produced by Knoll today.


Warren Platner Wire Armchair

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Warren Platner for Knoll Mid-Century Modern Bronze Wire Armchairs
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century Modern set of three wire armchairs designed by Warren Platner for Knoll International. The set has a bronze-plated steel wire structure and comes with its origin...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Warren Platner Lounge Chair for Knoll International, 1966
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Berlin, DE
The lounge chair was designed by Warren Platner in 1966. The base is made of steel wire rods with nickel finish who are protected with clear lacquer. The base is covered with a clear...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel, Nickel

Pair of Warren Platner for Knoll Bronze Wire Dining or Side Chairs
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Pair of beautiful Warren Platner wire chairs in hard to find bronze plate. These classic chairs are upholstered in the original chocolate brown upholstery with zippered seat cushions...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Bronze

Warren Platner Pair of Side Chairs
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of nickel frame side chairs newly upholstered in blue velvet. Designed by Warren Platner for Knoll.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Nickel

Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Knoll Wire Lounge Chair, Pair
By Warren Platner
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Extraordinary pair of the iconic wire lounge chair designed by Warren Platner for Knoll International., dated 1978. Original Knoll orange upholstery on anodized black wire frames. B...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

One Warren Platner Knoll Dining/Side Chair
By Warren Platner
Located in Pasadena, TX
Warren Platner Architect and designer Warren Platner (1919-) was born in Baltimore and graduated from the Cornell University School of Architecture in 1941. He got his professiona...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wire

Pair of Early Warren Platner Bronze Lounge Chairs, 1960s
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Tempe, AZ
An absolutely wonderful pair of Warren Platner bronze lounge chairs. These early lounge chairs feature their original orange nubby upholstery, original tags (on both chairs) and orig...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Bronze

Pair of 1960s Nickel Plated Warren Platner Lounge Chairs
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
We have a beautiful set of lounge chairs. They are upholstered in a tomato red wool boucle by Brentano. This set dates 1960s and bears the early name Knoll Associates and their 320 P...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Warren Platner for Knoll Lounge Chair, USA, 1960s/70s
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in London, GB
An original Warren Platner lounge chair for Knoll. Steel frame and velvet upholstery. Good vintage condition. Ships worldwide.  
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Set of 8 Warren Platner Knoll Wire Dining Chairs, USA
By Warren Platner
Located in London, GB
Set of 8 Warren Platner for Knoll wire dining chairs, bronze coated enameled steel with red velvet seats, USA. In good original vintage condition - some minor separations of the upho...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Bronze Accent Chairs by Warren Platner for Knoll
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Denver, CO
A pair of elegantly understated arm chairs by Warren Platner for Knoll. Platner worked for I.M. Pei and Eero Saarinen prior to designing the Platner collection in 1962. Warren Pl...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Bronze, Steel