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SM05 Side Chair

c. 1958/2011

by Cees Braakman
for Pastoe

SM05 Side Chair

by Cees Braakman
for  Pastoe

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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.

Cees Braakman

Netherlands (1917–1995)

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.

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