2021 or 1950?

Plico Chair side view

Carl Hansen & Son’s Plico Chair may have you doubting your eyes, as this clever and streamlined piece has many of the hallmark features of mid-century modern design.

Plico Chair detail of saddle leather armrest, oak frame, and linen cushion

First, it obeys the dictum of form following function. The entire substance and structure is exteriorized—from the solid oak frame to the saddle leather armrests to the brass fittings and stitched linen seat and back.

Plico Chair side view in room with small sculpture of a tree

Next, it relishes clean lines: this chair is a celebration of right angles, with the possible exception of the subtle lip of the back legs, which to my eye evokes classic cross country skis—another icon of the Modern Scandinavian aesthetic.

Plico chair side/rear view

And third, it makes great use of space. For this is, in fact, a fold-able chair (“Plico” is Latin for “fold”). The tension easily comes off those cool armrests and the entire apparatus converts into a neat rectangle.

Plico chair folded and stowed against wall

Design duo Fabricius Kastholm set out to “create an honest design that beautifully highlights what others often seek to hide.”

Plico Chair in nice room with wooden furniture

Indeed, there’s no subterfuge here. Every element of this wonderful chair is proudly on display.

Plico chair two chairs high-back and low- in nice room with wooden furniture

Carl Hansen & Son offers two versions: FK 10 (high-back) and FK 11 (low). Find out more and specify yours here. And go to Designer Pages Media to check out other mid-century modern designs.

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