Michael Payne Osaka Expo Chair

An iconic kiwi classic designed by a celebrated New Zealand architect.

Maker
Nova Interiors | New Zealand
Date
1970


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Description

Whanganui architect Michael Payne was offered the chance to design the New Zealand Pavilion at the 1970 Osaka Expo. What resulted was a dynamic and engaging space called ‘The Geyser Room’. The exhibition showcased the best locally produced products and was furnished with chairs designed by Payne. It also centered around an impressive floor to ceiling illuminated geyser.

The chair Payne designed for the Geyser Room is now affectionately known as the Osaka Expo Chair. It has since become one of New Zealand's most celebrated, architect designed chairs. The design features an inspired combination of chrome steel, bent plywood and rich leather making it a very comfortable and equally architectural offering.

Condition

Materials: A beautiful plywood, mahogany veneer, and chrome steel frame, complemented by leather upholstery

Chrome Finish: Some character aging consistent with use

Wood Finish: Full professional restoration

Leather: Vintage condition with age related marks and patina

Makers Label: 'Tasman Agencies' can be found on the base of the chair

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