Garden Egg Chair

Garden Egg Chair, 1968
Peter Ghyczy
Polyurethane frame, fabric
3 ft 6 ¼ in. x 2 ft 10 in. x 2 ft 7 ¼ in. (107 cm x 86.5 cm x 79.5 cm)
East Germany
Design
2008.245.001

The Garden Egg Chair was designed in 1968 by Peter Ghyczy and made of polyurethane, a material whose use Ghyczy pioneered. The chair was originally conceived as a suitcase in which one could sit, with cushions that could be folded up inside of the furniture rather than needing to be removed. However, as Ghyczy experimented with the design, the egg shape emerged. Ghyczy designed the chair for the West German Reuter Products, who then sold it to the GDR in 1971. Subsequently VEB-Synthese-Werk, in Swarzheide, began its mass production.