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In 1997 Giancarlo Piretti received an award for his Torsion Seating Collection. These chairs are part of that collection. Designed and made initially and primarily for commercial purpose they are extremely comfortable and flexible. They are lightweight and stackable. This set has an attractive textured high impact black plastic seat, back, and arms on chrome legs. No one expects this chair have the comfort it provides. The back flexes. This flex is achieved with the torsion mechanism which creates gradually increasing resistance. They were designed for comfort during long meetings or lectures. But, that makes them perfect for long dinners with lots of conversation. Or, family night with puzzles, cards, and games.
The designer, Giancarlo Piretti, was born in Bologna Italy in 1940. He attended art schools there and subsequently taught Interior Design. During that time, he was also designing furniture for Anonima Castelli. He has won numerous awards and has items in many museums including MoMA New York. He still lives and works in Bologna with is son, designer Alessandro Piretti.
KI was founded in 1941 as Krueger Metal Products, Inc. in Aurora, Illinois. Being innovative by finding ways to use scrap metal during the war to make their folding chairs, they continue to find new ways to use resources wisely in their current production. During the 1970s they entered the contract furniture market. In the 1980s the company changed hands and became Krueger, Inc. And, entered the 1990s as Krueger International establishing itself as KI. Giancarlo Piretti’s Torsion Collection is currently one of their award-winning product lines.
These chairs are not only great looking but may be the most comfortable chair I’ve ever experienced. Plus, they are resilient and can withstand lots of use whether with children or grandchildren!! You should make them yours.
Excellent set of 8 black Torsion dining chairs designed by Giancarlo Piretti for KI. There are seven arm chairs and one side chair. They are in wonderful vintage condition with minor wear that you would expect with age. Please see photos. Circa 1995.
- Height – 32.25 Inches
- Width – 23.75 Inches
- Depth – 22 Inches
- Seat Height – 17 Inches
- Arm Height – 25.25
- Inside Seat Width – 18 Inches
- Inside Seat Depth – 18 Inches
- Inside Back Height – 19 Inches
- Weight – 18.5 Pounds Each
- Height – 50 Inches
- Width – 55 Inches
- Depth – 35 Inches
- Weight – 292 Pounds