Joseph Fendy for Paolo Vigano Tripolina Chair Frame



The first folding chair from the late 19th Century, 1881. This inspired many future designers such as the Butterfly chair by Jorge Ferrari Hardoy.
The Tripolina chair was made prior to World War II by the firm of Viganò in Tripoli, Libya, for the expatriate Italian market as a camping chair of great stability in the sand and made from local wood and camel or cow hide. The hide is nowadays often replaced by canvas or other materials. This is for the FRAME only, there was no hide when I found this beauty. Great piece of History!
The back is 30″H, seat is 18″H
chair is 23″ wide, 27″D