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Designed in 1951 as an orchestra chair, Eiermann’s SE 68 is still unique today with its refined, minimal design and its seating comfort.
It was the first chair in Germany to feature a tubular steel frame in conjunction with an “organically” shaped seat and backrest made of moulded wood. To give furniture a “human dimension”, was Egon Eiermann’s goal – anyone who has ever sat on his SE 68 knows he lived up to this aim.
Durable, comfortable and space efficient the SE 68 is ideal for institutional, office and dining applications in a commercial or home environment.
The chair is also available in a slightly modified, stackable version, the SE 68 SU.
- Egon Eiermann, Germany (1951)
- Made in Germany
- Seat and back of laminated wood veneer, chrome-plated or powder coated steel legs, plastic guides
- Seat Height 50cm / 19.7"
- Height 79cm / 31"
- Seat Depth 40cm / 15.7"
- Width 47cm / 18.5"
- Seat Width 47cm / 18.5"
- Weight 5kg / 12lbs
When the German architect and designer Egon Eiermann (1904-1970) first made his name internationally at the Brussels World Exhibition with eight glass and steel pavilions created in collaboration with the Bauhaus architect Sep Ruf, he has already been on of the leading German architects. Before and during as well as after the war, he contributed to the construction of buildings of great importance for his country and his age. He became especially wellknown for the building of the new Gedächtnis-Kirche in Berlin, which became a symbol of West Berlin in the post-war years.
Egon Eiermann was a perfectionist to the smallest detail, and like several of his contemporary designers, he also created the interior for several of the buildings he constructed, including the furniture. Some of the early examples include the three-legged chair SE 42 from 1949, and the swivel chair SGB 197. His most important designs include the SE68 Muli purpose chair and not least the SE 18 Folding Chair, probably Eiermann’s most well-known chair ever, designed for the German producer Wilde + Spieth. The chair won The Good Design Award at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1953, and the silver medal at the Triennale in Milan in 1954. An obvious element of Eiermann’s view on design was the emphasis on both function and ergonomics, and he was uncompromising, when it came to finding the perfect form.
Wilde + Spieth
The story of Wilde + Spieth dates back to 1831 and since the very beginning the focus has been on long-lasting quality. That is how the collaboration with famous German architect Egon Eiermann came to be in the late 1940s when he collaborated closely with Wilde + Spieth to create a line of furniture items using steel and plywood that is still in production today. Quality in not taken for granted because quality is the sum of several equally important steps. To them, a chair is not just a chair, for instance, but an object that must adhere to human-scale values such as ergonomic requirements, tactile surfaces, natural materials and items that must keep an aligned balance between function and aesthetics. This is what makes quality design last a lifetime and can pass through generations - all this is what makes a true classic. Spare parts ensure that the design classics can be repaired and do not have to be thrown out. The wood that Wilde + Spieth use all originates from Germany and is processed at just outside the German town Brakel. For every tree used, a new tree is planted.