Michael Payne Osaka Expo Chair
An iconic kiwi classic designed by a celebrated New Zealand architect.
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.
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