Metamorphosis Into A Butterfly Chair

After yesterday’s ‘Photo Shoot With A Butterfly‘, I decided to expand on the butterfly theme and bring it into décor. Specifically, the butterfly chair, also known as the BKR chair (you may also see it listed as the BKF chair), the Sling chair, and most commonly, the Hardoy chair.

Designed in 1938 this chair is named after its three designers Antonio Bonet, Juan Kurchan, and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy, though Hardoy is the one officially credited to the design. This popular Mid-Century piece has an interesting history of intertwined similarities to other chairs, which ultimately prevented the manufacturing company, Knoll from obtaining copyright protection of its design. Read Apartment Therapy’s article in more detail here.

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The butterfly chair was extremely popular for its casual feel, though in terms of ergonomics it provided very little support, and was hard to get out of. Some say it was maybe a chair of function over form that catered to the youth! What do you think, does Mr. Hardoy look comfortable to you?

Do you know who this superstar is?

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You can’t miss Sophia Loren, whether it’s 1955, 2005 or now! Do you think she had trouble getting out of this chair?

This is an original Hardoy frame.

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And this is what you will want to pay close attention to, because it’s in the frame construction where there will be noticeable variations between an authentic Hardoy and similarly constructed chairs. You many also find new covers over original frames. And if you ever find a Hardoy ottoman, scoop it up because they are a rare find!

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Regardless of the maker of the chair, there is no doubt that the design is a big hit. It’s popular still today, showing up in many décor schemes. Of course there is no replacement for an original Hardoy, but is there ever a replacement for any original? A substitute, yes, but a replacement, no.

Here’s a look at an original Hardoy…

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This one is part of the Knoll museum collection.

And here’s a look at butterfly chairs in different settings… no, they’re not all Hardoys!

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Multifunctional – they can be used both inside and out!

Did you notice the difference in some of the frames? What are your thoughts on the butterfly chair design?

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