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We remember when we were in College – a building designed in the 1960s – admiring a pair of outdoor chairs, unused and gathering moss on an unused balcony in the cafeteria. The chairs were the iconic Loop Chair by Willy Guhl and we’ve been longing for them since. The Loop was originally named “Strand” – German for beach. The chair, designed in 1954, was edited by the Swiss manufacturer Eternit. As for other designs, the use the primary material, asbestos cement by the company was dictated by war priorities. You can read more about Eternit here, the chair here (article in German) and see Guhl’s designs for Eternit here. The chair has been redesigned by Guhl himself in 1997 and re-baptized Loop.

Other designers, including some edited by Eternit, have followed Guhl’s steps in using cement:

Norman Foster (Arc table)

Konstantin Grcic Chair One for Magis

Omer Arbel 8.0 prototype chair.

Photo by Shannon Loewen

Dune by Rainer Mutsch

Dune by Rainer Mutsch

Finally Stefan Zwicky’s cheeky ‘Grand Confort, sans confor, domage a Corbu’


Written by Alvar and I

January 20, 2011 at 7:56 am

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