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Why We Love It
Despite its simplistic design, a lot of thought went into designing the Corona. It echoes the flexibility, strength, and form of the human spine, and allows users the freedom to move and be comfortable in it thanks to its curved cushions and no armrests. The original – designed in the early 1960s and manufactured by Danish furniture company Erik Jorgensen – was crafted from solid oak and named the Pyramid. It was later released in the current steel version. The positioning of its oblong cushions, placed against a steel frame, give the impression of the seat being suspended.
Who Designed It
The Corona was designed by Danish designer Poul Volther, who believed that quality and functionality – not fads and trends – were imperative to good design. He started his career as a cabinetmaker before teaching at Denmark’s Design School, where he espoused “form follows function” ideas. Although he was also known for producing the J110 Windsore chairs for Danish design company Hat, the Corona is his most famous design. However, it was only in 1997 (over 30 years after he released the Corona) that Poul achieved international recognition for it.
What It Inspired
Since its launched, the Corona continues to be manufactured by Erik Jorgensen, but is now available in a variety of upholstery materials – from red, green, and cognac leather to textured strudseskind (ostrich) leather.
The Corona Chair is available at Danish Design.