Artek Sedia 1 Chair

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As an influential Italian designer and thinker, Enzo Mari brought his "Autoprogettazione" project to the design world in 1974. The venture raised many questions and debatable topics throughout the industry—all of which are still relevant to this day. Made up of furniture that’s constructed with the most affordable and basic materials, the first object to be produced from the collection was the Sedia 1 Chair, which is manufactured to this day by Artek in Finland. When you purchase the Sedia 1, you receive a set of pre-cut pine boards, nails, instructions—and that’s it. The fact that you have to assemble the chair yourself brings to light Mari’s theory that education should be part of everything. Most importantly, the chair celebrates his idea of creating mass-produced objects that are both functional and beautiful. 

Photo: Achim Hatzius, Courtesy of Artek

Written by Paige Alexus / Dwell