The Richard Meier Collection, Reborn

General / People / Products / May 10, 2012

It’s back, and perhaps it’s better than ever.

Richard Meier & Partners Architects and Stradaproject have announced the re-launching of the Richard Meier furniture collection, first introduced by Knoll International in the 1980s.

“It’s an extension of the Knoll collection, but it’s been somewhat modified and changed,” Meier says.  “It’s much more beautifully done.”

A collaborative effort with Wiebe Elzenga of Strada from the Netherlands, Meier’s collection now includes a chair, low and high stools, a low table and a high table, a day bed and a rocking chaise.

“These are designs for the things I like,” Meier says.  “I designed the coffee table because I wanted one myself.”

Each of the pieces is wood with choice of a black or white lacquer, or natural wood, hand-rubbed finish.  The collection is an evolution of current capabilities of wood-in bending, evoking the craftsmanship of classic mortise and reflecting Meier’s strong formal vocabulary of architectural expression.

He was inspired, the architect says, by the furniture he’s chosen for his own office.  “I sit here opposite seven Hoffman chairs, and they’re all different,” he says.  “It’s a modernist aesthetic.  I don’t even think about it – it’s a given.”

Each of the new pieces is available now.  For more on the collection, go to http://www.stradaproject.com/.  For more on Richard Meier & Partners, go to http://www.richardmeier.com

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Michael Welton
I write about architecture, art, and design for national and international publications. I am the author of "Drawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand" (Routledge, 2015), and the former architecture critic for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.




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