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April 15, 2013


Filed under: rene herbst — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 8:51 am

I love when I can introduce you to designers of my favorite time period who are so current today ! RENE HERBST’S SANDOWS chair is one of the most iconic chairs and

is enjoying a new following of fans! You know the chair! the bungee cord chair!

René Herbst was born in Paris in 1891 in Paris and studied architecture in London and Frankfurt from 1908 before traveling extensively in Russia and Italy. By 1919 René Herbst was back in Paris,

where he worked as a furniture designer and interior decorator. To make the products he designed, Herbst founded Établissements René Herbst. In 1925 René Herbst designed several exhibition stalls for the

“Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes”

in Paris. In 1927 René Herbst came up with a radically functional design for seat furniture: the “Chaise Sandows”. Its frame was made of nickel-plated tubular steel, the seat and back were formed by strips of

rubber stretched taught and fastened by hooks at the ends to the frame.

René Herbst launched the “Chaise Sandows” at the 1929 Salon d’Automne, where Le Corbusier also presented furniture with tubular steel frames of his own design. In 1930 René Herbst joined Robert Mallet-Stevens-(BLOG TO FOLLOW),

Francis Jourdain, and others in founding the Union des Artistes Modernes (UAM); a large group of artists and designers committed to Modernism soon joined. The UAM started out as a countermovement to Art déco, which its members rejected as

overloaded with decoration and too ornate.

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