Michael Payne Osaka Expo Chair

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

Nova Interiors | New Zealand
W 62cm, D 59cm, H 85cm




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 centred 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 plush upholstery making it a very comfortable and equally architectural offering.

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

Chrome Finish: Some character aging consistent with use

Wood Finish: Good original condition with new finish applied

Velour: Good vintage condition

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

Provenance: This chair was originally from a boardroom in Timaru

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