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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.

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Original Vintage Warren Platner for Knoll Dining Table + 4 Armchairs
By Warren Platner, Knoll
Located in East Hampton, NY
This exceptional vintage chrome Warren Platner for Knoll dining set has been expertly reupholstered in a creamy Pierre Frey Paris Bouclé fabric. Wonderful lightly used condition with...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets

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Chrome

Warren Platner Dining Table and Chairs for Knoll Mid-Century Modern
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a dining table and set of four chairs designed by Warren Platner for Knoll. Made in the USA circa the 1960s. The set has been restored. Chairs have a new nick...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets

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Marble, Nickel

Warren Platner Mid-Century Modern for Knoll Wool American Dining Chair, Set of 2
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Madrid, ES
Set of two chairs designed by Warren Platner for Knoll, composed of a steel structure with welded rods creating curved shapes and upholstered with bouclé white wool. Warren Platn...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Warren Platner for Knoll Armchairs, ca. 1970
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Pair of Warren Platner for Knoll Armchairs, ca. 1970. Nickel plated steel frames with newly upholstered cushions and backrest in beautiful ivory tweed. Classic and elegant design, th...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Warren Platner Armchair for Knoll
By Warren Platner
Located in Stamford, CT
Platner is a seats collection designed by Warren Platner for Knoll. Structure built with metal rods shaped in vertical and horizontal subsequently treated with nickel finish and clea...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Warren Platner Lounge Chair for Knoll International, 1966
By Knoll, Warren Platner
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

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 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 Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in London, GB
An original Warren Platner lounge chair for Knoll. Steel frame and velvet upholstery. Good vintage condition. Ships worldwide. UK customers please note: displayed price...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of Bronze Accent Chairs by Warren Platner for Knoll
By Warren Platner, Knoll
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