help me identify this chair!

here's what i can tell you: 
i sit on this chair everyday.  
tubular chrome plated steel frame

black leather back that laces together with a row of three eyelets on each side.

sling style black leather seat that's held together with five steel springs.  the leather has a pretty good patina & wear to it, so either someone's been wiping their greasy hands on the leather during dinner, or it's got some age to it.

four little plastic feet, oh, and every time i've had an antique dealer in my house, they offer to buy the chair from me.  oh hells no.  the cats like it too much.

it's got a little touch of mies, and a bit of breuer.  (see my "book report" below) but it could be anything really.  i love this chair for it's beautiful design, the leather lacing detail!  it's a really really good looking chair.  oh, and i also love it so much  because because i found it for free in a back alley, at 5am on the walk home from the greyhound station after taking a red-eye trip from nyc to montreal, and i had to pull someone else's gum off the bottom of the seat with my bare fingers.  so if anyone can help me identify this chair please let me know!  

check out the MR 10 side chair by mies van der rohe, it's got the leather sling seat and back and the same lace up back, but this chair is cantilever.  (via metro retro furniture)

or the tubular cantilever spoleto chair from 1971 that was inspired by the mies' MR chair produced by knoll's design studio.  this one is a little bit closer.  (via metro retro furniture) knoll is still making these, and they retail for just over $1000 each.  available from unica home.

but i find the the chrome plated steel bones of my chair look a lot more like marcel breuer's B5 side chair from 1927.    (via brooklyn museum)  but were these only made in canvas?  and they don't have the lacing or springs.  yeah, i know this isn't my chair, mostly because one was sold at a christie's auction in 2004 for just under $4000.  here's an interesting article about the B5 on smithsonian.  it was inspired by bicycle handlebars!!! 

hmmm, the B40 is also similar, and it was made in leather version as well.  uh, help me out here, this looks exactly like the B5, but the tubes are thinner or something?  i can't tell.  (via architonic)

my frame is most like the chair on the left  that's identified as B33, tubular steel chair 1927-1928, chromium plated tubular steel and leather, on the 1920's page from the design museum's website, and this chair was produced by thonet.  


  1. hey-yo...very similar leather and lacing technique to the American designer, Nico Zographos 1966 I think...maybe?

  2. typo...its Nicos not Nico :)

  3. look like knoll for sure give them a call

  4. Hey there,
    My parents just gave my wife and I a set of 6 chairs that almost is exactly what you have there. The only difference would be that there are three springs that hold the seat back together and not the lace up. I am really curious if you have found anything more. Do you know who made these? Thank you very much.

    1. hi justin!
      yes! i did solve the mystery a little while ago. they are dinner chairs designed in 1967 - 1970 (i'm getting conflicting dates!) by giovanni carini. produced by planula in italy. they've also been described as the poor man's marcel breuer's B5 chair. seems like there were a few variations of this chair, including some with armrests...

    2. Thank you so much! I do really like these chairs. I am going to try to get the leather back to life and clean them all up.


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