A chair must be comfortable and a pragmatic furniture piece. And if it is minimal and aesthetic, that’s a cherry on the cake. Even after covering multiple chairs, my search for the most comfortable and attractive piece never seems to end, though it does bring me to multiple chairs that would be strong contenders in being the coziest furniture ever.
Cutting the crap aside, Danish furniture brand MENU is relaunching Ib Kofod-Larsen’s iconic Penguin Chair, which was originally introduced in 1953 by American furniture company Selig. MENU is reissuing lounge, dining and rocking versions of the mid-century masterpiece.
The Penguin Chair reminds me of the 3D molding petal chair that featured rolled waterfalls of shaped wood softening the edges and adding to the aesthetics of the design. However, the Penguin Chair is characterized with beautiful silhouettes and sculptural lines and curves. Its streamlined shape is achieved with a curved back and angled seat that cradle the body.
As evident from the name, the chair is inspired by a Penguin’s body and features a fin-like back with armrests that extend outwards to encircle the user. The chair has a curved wood seat with foam and upholstery and a oversized backrest supported by a metal frame.
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Boasting an upright profile, The Penguin Chair is sized to comfortably fit a table. Perfect for relaxing and reclining, all three iterations are available in a range of finishes and upholstery options.