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The ICON | Butterfly Chair | Product Design

When the Butterfly chair was designed in the late 1930s, the notion of ‘living in a machine’ was popular. Le Corbusier’s streamlined modernist architecture was taking hold throughout Europe, with pioneers of modernism in Australia, such as architect Harry Seidler, also embracing the Butterfly chair. Featured on the terrace of his Rose Seidler House (completed in 1950) and photographed on the front cover of Home Beautiful a year later, this chair became a favourite with homemakers during the 1950s and well into the ‘60s as the perfect patio chair. For the Rose Seidler House, the magazine cover featured three Butterfly Chairs, two in yellow canvas and the other in brown. These colours were also picked up in the dramatic painted wall mural of the patio.

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