Soon in the collection: Piet Hein Eek’s ode to Martin Visser

Piet Hein Eek has designed an distinctive armchair with round shapes, as an ode to his friend and designer Martin Visser (Spectrum art director in the 50s and 60s). The result, the MVPHE armchair, is now available in our collection as a First Edition!

Piet Hein Eek’s tribute to Martin Visser was already on display the last few months at the Centraal Museum Utrecht, as part of Tribute to Visser. Eek’s MVPHE armchair will be included in our collection as a 30 piece-First Edition, and can now be pre-ordered. Each copy is numbered and provided with a certificate. The armchair is upholstered in the woolen fabric Tonus from Kvadrat and you can choose from 3 colours: Tonus 131, Tonus 129 en Tonus 615.

Tonus 131
Tonus 129
Tonus 615

MVPHE – Piet Hein Eek

The compact and voluptuous design of the MVPHE (Martin Visser & Piet Hein Eek’s initials) does not directly suggest it was inspired by Visser’s form-follows-function imagery. Nevertheless, Piet Hein Eek’s starting point, the SZ 73 armchair from 1968, is clearly reflected in his design. Piet Hein Eek: “When I saw the SZ 73 I immediately knew: I’m going to do something with it. I can make an archetypal ‘late’ Martin Visser with it. I took the way the armrest sits on the woodwork as a starting point, but I enlarged various elements. This way I transformed a 1968 model into my own design style”.

MVPHE armchair in Tonus 615
Detail of the MVPHE in Tonus 129
Design drawing by Piet Hein Eek (2020)

SZ 73 – Martin Visser

When designing the SZ 73 in 1968, Visser was clearly carried away by the zeitgeist. The construction of the SZ 73 is clearly inspired by Gerrit Rietveld’s crate chair (1934). However, its exuberant upholstery almost completely obscures its view.

As with most Spectrum models of the time, the SZ 73 was developed as a series, allowing the buyer to design his room with a sofa in the same style (BZ 73-75).

SZ 73 by Martin Visser (1968)


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