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Miniature Garden Egg

By Vitra


  • Description

    Each Vitra miniature is true to the original in construction and materials, and reduced in size on a scale of 1:6. Each miniature is packaged in a wooden box, accompanied by an informational booklet. Production notes: Each of the delicate objects are made by hand; on average, each miniature requires five hours of careful manual work. Ongoing quality control ensures that every miniature corresponds to its larger original in terms of finishing, details and materials.

    The Garden Egg was originally intended to be a garden chair. At that time Peter Ghyczy was working for the synthetics manufacturer Elastogran/Reuter in Lemförde. As leader of the design department, his tasks included exploring suitable areas of application for what were then new and particularly promising synthetic materials. The most prominent and later legendary example of this work was the Garden Egg.
    As the name of the chair implies, this is an eggshaped object with a flat underside and a folding top. When open, the top forms the backrest. Inside there are soft cushions for comfort. When closed, the weather-proof, rain-proof 'shell' ensures that the chair can be kept outside all year round.

  • Technical Info

    H7.5 x W12 x D14 cm

    Materials: Lacquered polyurethane, interior cushions with textile cover, metal hinge for lid.

  • Designer
    Peter Ghyczy
    After the Hungarian revolution of 1956, Peter Ghyczy left his native country and settled in West-Germany. He initially visited sculpture class at the art academy of Düsseldorf but soon decided to study architecture at the university in Aachen instead. With a degree in architecture, Peter Ghyczy became an employee of plastics producer Reuter in Lemförde.

    In 1968, heading the design department at Reuter, his aim was to create "independent and unique pieces of furniture". The main product of that period is the ‘Garden Egg' chair. This extraordinary chair gained cult status and featured in many design exhibitions around the world.In 1972, due to the conservative attitude of manufacturers, Peter Ghyczy decided to found his own company, ‘Ghyczy Selection', which to this day continues to offer products of contemporary innovative design combined with state of the art production techniques.
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  • Delivery

    4-6 weeks

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