SM05 Side Chair
During Cees Braakman visit to the United States after World War II, he was inspired by the designs Charles and Ray Eames were creating for Herman Miller – both in steel wire and in plywood. His experimentation with steel wire led to a collection of seating in the late 1950s that included side chairs, stools, and armchairs for Pastoe – the long-out-of-production SM05 Side Chair from 1958 was recently reissued.
The SM05 Side Chair is conceptually similar to the steel wire chairs created by Harry Bertoia for Knoll and the Eameses for Herman Miller – a lattice arrangement of steel rods elegantly manipulated into a beautifully curved “seat basket” that seemingly floats atop a simple base. Braakman’s treatment of the seat is markedly different – its trapezoidal basket shape with deep concave back support makes it more ergonomically suited to its user. Its wide seat pad spans the full expanse of the curved seating plane ensuring added comfort for the sitter.
The seat and base frames are composed of steel rods in either black or white finish; the base features plastic glides allowing the chair to be easily moved while protecting the floor. The seat height of the newly reissued SM05 Side Chair is slightly higher and better suited to contemporary use than its original counterparts. The SM05 Chair noted here is priced with or without a removable seat pad in Camira’s Advantage in Black standard.
The frame is also available for 2017 in four additional colors, Haze Grey, Pale Green, Pacific Blue and Ox Red. Additional fabrics have also been added for the seat pad in Kvadrat’s Steelcut Trio, Tonus, Hallingdal 64, Divina, Divina Mélange and Divina MD.
Best known for his work as the lead designer and manager at the Pastoe furniture company, Cees Braakman embraced post World War II modern design and fueled that aesthetic throughout the Netherlands. After a trip to the United States in 1947, Braakman became inspired by the work of the Herman Miller Company as well as Charles and Ray Eames; and he began experimenting with bent plywood and steel wire frames. Throughout his four decades of designing for Pastoe, he created several successful furniture lines. He spent much of the 1950s and 1960s designing modular cabinetry, where customers could choose from various wood types and details. Braakman also moved away from traditional naming systems for furniture lines and created a codename for each design with letters and numbers.