The iconic mid-century furniture pieces designed by Warren Planter, Harry Bertoia, and Arne Jacobsen have been reimagined with gold finishes.
American manufacturer Knoll has created gilded versions of its Planter Collection, complete with stools, chairs, and tables. Knoll is also coming out with a new version of Bertoia’s diamond chairs with the new finish. The Fritz Hansen company of Denmark is currently offering a version of Jacobsen’s Series 7 chair with gold-plated legs.
Previously, all of these pieces came in nickel or chrome finishes. But now the process of gold-plating metal has become cheaper and more durable, which makes it a more viable option for retailers.
Planter’s line was originally supposed to come in a warm-hued metal, but the Italian metal company that helped produce the line couldn’t complete the job in said color on a commercial scale.
Many might call that a happy accident, since the gold-plated chairs stun with a classic, but modern-chic aesthetic.