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Primate Chair, 1970
Zanotta, Italy

Designer
Achille Castiglioni

Material
Polystyrene, polyurethane, steel, leather

Dimensions
W 58 cm, H 64 cm, D 80 cm

 

This chair was designed after observing the way people in the East sit with an erect torso and without a backrest: in effect, sitting and kneeling at the same time.

A rigid black shock-proof polystyrene base and an 18/8 stainless steel leg support the seat.

The padded parts are in flexible polyurethane upholstered with leather or imitation leather.

Primate is a playful and useful seating compromise for Western travelers. It enables respectful guests at Japanese formal dinners to sit with their hosts in the appropriate position, which would otherwise be very painful for unpracticed knees.