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The Acapulco Chair

Chair Blog is 7,5 years old. This blog might as well be the biggest online chair encyclopedia out there. Is it any surprise that when I need info on a certain chair I first turn to Chair Blog?

Now imagine my surprise when even 7,5 years of blogging about chairs didn’t prove to be enough to return any items on my “Acapulco chair” search. I just had to step in and add this one to the collection!

acapulco1The brief history memo on the Apartment Therapy website shares the following:

Legend has it that a French tourist was visiting Acapulco in the ’50s and was uncomfortably hot atop a solidly-constructed chair in the Mexico sunshine. Inspired by the open string construction of traditional Mayan hammocks nearby, he designed a chair fit for the modern tropics.

So the first Acapulco chair was produced in the ’50s. It’s usually made of vinyl cords on a metal frame and has most commonly been used as outdoor lounge seating. However, the designers of today have been producing many variations on the classic, changing the shape of the frame and using other materials such as leather and cotton cord. Today the Acapulco chair is successfully used indoors, too.


I love how one can easily customize their Acapulco chair by using their favorite thrown on or a pillow or even by weaving over it. Search for the Acapulco chair on Pinterest, find your preferred version and you might just fall in love!

N.B. Let’s be fair though and mention that Guido happened to unknowingly add a glimpse of the Acapulco chair just recently. This post from October 21st features Claudia Cardinale posing in a… what appears to be an Acapulco chair! Great minds think alike, eh?

P.S. Yes, I’ve effectively stepped down from being a regular contributor to this beloved online publication a few years back due to a new demanding job (and therefore lack of time). I, however, have continued to help out with the Facebook page whenever I stumbled upon a worthy chair related piece of information.

Images via vtwonen.nl

PK 0 Chair by Poul Kjaerholm

PK 0 Chair by Poul Kjaerholm

PK 0 Chair by Poul Kjaerholm

Glad I have my own photo of this famous three legged chair, taken in the Copenhagen Design Museum.

In 2010 one sold at Phillips for £6,250.

Two sold for in 2012 for $10,000.

Orange Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen

Orange Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen Front

Orange Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen-3316

Orange Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen

This is post number 100 and the final post in a series 100 Orange Chairs for Inauguration Day.

Yay! We succeeded. If you wish, you can congratulate us. Also you can still congratulate us for our 6th Anniversary 100 posts earlier ;-)

When I started the series I was not sure I could find 100 decent orange chairs. Prior we had featured only 20 orange chairs. Now even with the help of various people I’ve found more than 100 orange chairs. I’ll feature them in the near future, but the series 100 Orange Chairs for Inauguration Day will be limited to the 100 orange chairs featured.

Thank you all for enduring this diarrhea of chair posts today!

I was planning to feature an Orange Thonet no. 14 as the 100th chair, but couldn’t find a decent one. Therefor I conclude the series with a famous chair Arne Jacobsen originally designed for the SAS Hotel in Copenhagen in the 50ies. After all I’m a hotelier with a chair hobby.

Stay with us in May which we have coined blue chair month.

Famous Swildens Desk with Seat for Peugeot (1966) Reedited

Famous Swildens Desk with Seat for Peugeot (1966)
Desk with Seat for Peugeot Paris Showroom - 1966

Famous Swildens Desk with Seat for Peugeot (1966) Reedited

Furdess has reedited 8 new desks:

Furdess was created by Elsa and Grégory Maitre…
While looking for an important piece to reproduce, they came across a collector who told them of his love at first sight for a desk exhibited at the Louvre des Antiquaires 25 years ago. Though he had not been able to buy it then (it cost almost as much as a small apartment in Paris), the memory of the desk has never left him.
Research began.. They managed to find the designer, Ben Swildens, and they met in his Paris studio. In a week the decision was made, new life will be given to this desk whose simple but ingenious design certainly makes it one of the most beautiful desks ever produced.

The desk reproduced today does not have a name because of the simple reason, it is an utmost luxury, and it is not meant be sold, why give it a name? Only some rare collectors can own it.

Originally Designed for French Car Maker Peugeot’s Paris Headquarter with Show Room

An original production for the headquarters of Peugeot

The desk was designed in 1966 for the construction and relocation of the Peugeot headquarters to Avenue de la Grande Armée in Paris. At that time Ben Swildens collaborated with Max Ingrand, the great French designer of the 50’s and the 60’s who carried out this project with the contribution of architects Louis, Luc and Thierry Sainsaulieu. Three models of the desk were produced for the reception assistants. The Croiseau workshop in Paris made these desks.
During the last several decades, the three 1966 models reappeared regularly at auctions and design fairs at the Louvre des Antiquaires in Paris (1985), at Phillips de Pury auction house in London (1989) at Sothebys in New-York (2006), and at the Sebastian Barquet gallery in New-York (2007). The desk has also been presented at the 2006 contemporary art fair in Miami.

Ben Swildens seated at his reedited desk
Ben Swildens seated at his reedited desk

About Ben Swildens

Born in 1938 in the Netherlands, Ben Swildens lived in Maghreb. His father was an architect. He settled in Morocco to work with some Americans. In Morocco, at the age of 13, Ben Swildens discovered perfumes, palm trees and dreams. In 1956, his family moved to the international zone of Tangiers. At the American school he learned Arabic and Spanish. Watching his father enjoying drawing, Swildens decided to imitate him. Swildens, a hard worker, became the best among his fellow students. Soon he was sent to Switzerland to study engineering, while staying with Jean Tschumi. Yet Swildens disliked mathematics; thus he moved to Paris and attended the school of decorative arts where he graduated in 1961.

After finishing school in Paris, he had a fantastic period of his life meeting talented people and working with them. In the early 60s, Ben Swildens meets Jérôme Savary, who eventually became an important theatre man, and Jean-Paul Goude, the inventor of the graphic style jungle. Swildens also met the painters like Rougemont and Michel Quarez. “We dabbled in all sorts of things,” said Swildens. These gifted students worked with the significant creative craftsmen of that time period such as Arbus and Poillerat, who also were their teachers. Several private companies recruited the students in order to work with innovative thinkers and often organized competitions as well.

After a brief stay in New York, Ben Swildens returned to Paris and started working with Joseph-André Motte, the decorator of Orly and Maison de la Radio.

I came across this famous desk via moustachioed, via nevver and via Peugeot 1966
Some more research learned me the above.

Also I was addicted to the Pininfarina designed Peugeot 404 you can see in the second photo top right of which I have driven 4 in the past. Only problem with it was its rustiness.